Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in the Washington, D.C area, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah has lived and exhibited her work in Paris, Washington and the Middle-East, at Studio Gallery, Adah Rose Gallery, SPEOS Gallery, Baked & Wired, George Mason University, FotoWeekDC and the Gallery at Vivid Solutions, among others. Influenced by her bi-cultural status as a Palestinian-American, her work reflects her constant reproach as to what constitutes home by photographing the places she has lived and the objects within them.
Laila completed a B.A in Arts & Culture with a concentration in Photography and Art as Social Action from George Mason University in 2007. She worked as a photography and gallery assistant in Washington, before moving to Paris in 2009 to study at Speos Photographic Institute. Earning a Masters in Studio Photography, she focused on portrait and fashion photography working with designers including, Sakina M'Sa, Isadora Ducasse and Dognin, before moving back to Washington in 2010. Since her return, she has curated and co-curated several photography exhibitions in Washington for various artists, galleries and citywide events, including All Art All Night DC, Adah Rose Gallery, FotoWeekDC, The Smith Center for Healing and The Arts, The US Fund for UNICEF and Studio Gallery. Additionally, she provides consultation services on photography, styling, art direction and branding for arts based organizations, creative groups, publications, design firms and artists.
She has taught photography courses in Bethlehem for children at Al-Rowwad Cultural Center, Aida Refugee Camp as part of a European Union funded initiative, Images for Life; at Sitar Arts Center, Washington, D.C. and a course in Visual Culture & Society at her alma mater, George Mason University.