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How this mother-daughter duo became partners in art

Amneh Baagour, who grew up in Lebanon's Beddawi refugee camp, became her artist daughter's best student.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Amneh Baagour's career as a mosaic artist started seven years ago when her daughter, a post-graduate art student, rejected Baagour's offer to help her daughter with her projects. Today, the works of the 67-year-old autodidact mother and her academic daughter, Kinan el-Rubaie, are often displayed side by side in exhibitions. 

Baagour makes mosaics. Rubaie, an artist with a Ph.D. in art education from Egypt’s Helwan University in Greater Cairo, uses various media such as photography to clay. Together they have held a number of joint exhibitions, including one in Cairo in 2013 and the Phoenix Exhibition in Palestine in 2016. Both love to use Palestinian symbols such as horses, fish, eyes or olive branches in their works.

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