As a recipient of the Kala Fellowship Award, Jamil Hellu focuses his work on his ethnicity and Middle-Eastern ancestry, engaging in a multidisciplinary investigation of his own internalized feelings about the tragedies of war. While addressing the implications and stereotypes of his Arab heritage, he creates artworks that are both personal and overtly political.
Jamil Hellu earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University in 2010 and was granted a BFA degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. He was selected for the Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology San Francisco in 2014. Hellu received the MFA Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010–2011. He was granted a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. He lives in San Francisco.