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b. 1995 - Damascus, Syria
currently in Toronto

Jawa El Khash is an artist, technologist and researcher. She uses technology as a medium  to play on the poetics of the everyday nature of living in the world. Using virtual reality as a philosophical tool, the worlds she builds expand the imaginative horizons of our view of the world, and the objects, spaces and living things that occupy it. Through light diffraction, holography shows us the presence and apparition of objects in their past. Existing as a memory, the hologram challenges our perceptions of what is there and what is not. Both holography and virtual reality play on the poetics of time, space and memory and offer a new way of perceiving and sensing the world around us. Through the peripheral and ephemeral quality of these mediums, El Khash creates replicas of reality that blend the line between the invisible and the visible, the real and the simulated, the fictional and the fact.  

Solo Exhibitions


The Upper Side of the Sky -  InterAccess - Toronto, Canada


The Upper Side of the Sky - Extracurricular XYZ - Toronto, Canada

Group Exhibitions


Lumiere 2021 - Digital Artist Exchange - Nova Scotia, Canada

Mutek Festival - 22nd Edition - Montreal, Canada


5th Istanbul Design Biennial - Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one - Pera Museum - Istanbul, Turkey

Western FrontVancouver Independent Archives Week - The Upper Side of the Sky - Vancouver, Canada

Mutek Festival - Distant Arcades - Montreal, Canada

2020 Emerging Digital Artist Exhibition -  Trinity Square Video - Toronto, Canada

The Butterfly Effect - Gallery 44 - Toronto, Canada



Lead Time Mentorship Program - Mentored by Morehshin Allahyari - Art Gallery of York University

Artist Talks & Panels


Poetics of World Building - hosted by Gabriel Menotti. Presented by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in the framework of the Museum Without Walls project


Posterity & Expatriation: A Conversation Between Jawa El Khash and Dana Qaddah - Vancouver Independent Archives Week


Artist Talk & Tour for the closing of The Upper Side of The Sky - Extracurricular XYZ  - Toronto, Canada


OPEN_FILE - Panel Discussion - Extracurricular XYZ - Toronto, Canada


2018 - present

Workshops and Seminars on Game Development, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Immersive World Building for Gallery 44, Trinity Square Video, InterAccess, Toronto Public Library and Charles Street Video

Research Assistant


Research Assistant - OCAD University - Painting 360 - Veronika Szkudralek


Research Assistant - PHASE Lab - OCAD & STM Holographic: Building a Pipeline from MRI Data to Next Generation Digital Holographic Printer

Intern Research Assistant - PHASE Lab - Michael Page



Episode XI. Media Genealogies and Haptic Geographies - by Alex Estorick and Laura U. Marks - Flash Art Magazine

Circular Logics - A national survey of artists who build worlds beyond the visible - Canadian Art

A World Where Flowers Reign - An essay by Laura U. Marks


The Upper Side of The Sky - An essay by Vince Rozario

Gallery 44 - Interview with curator Heather Riggs


Its Nice That - Jawa El Khash's latest work resurrects lost artefacts in a virtual afterlife



Sobey Art Award - Long List


Emerging Digital Artists Award - Presented by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video


InterAccess Media Arts Award & Prize



The Seed Vault - Media Artists Program - Toronto Arts Council


Chronicles of an Aeronaut - Creation Grant for Visual Artists - Ontario Arts Council

Explore and Create Professional Development for Artists - Canada Council for the Arts

Hammam - Charles Street Video Media Art Creation Grant

The Butterfly Effect - Exhibition Assistance Grant for Visual Artists - Ontario Arts Council


The Upper Side of the Sky - Exhibition Assistance Grant for Media Artists - Ontario Arts Council


2014 - 2019

BFA, OCAD Univeristy
Integrated Media: Digital Painting & Expanded Animation

With thanks to the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts