Trapped At Birth

Trapped at Birth is part of a bigger series, The Human Trap. I want to express the struggles we face because of labels, names, gender, sexuality, narratives and more of what we’re born into in this world. I’ve been publishing parts of the project’s folds in various contexts, whether we’re talking about borders and alienation published in a New York-based online magazine or gendering migration done in collaboration with a MENA-directed journal for body and gender research. I just put my pen down and let my experiences, feelings and stories (mine and others) take the lead in one-line drawings. One-line drawings to me shows the most authentic level of the story I’m trying to tell. Once I commit to illustrating something, I’m letting go so that this story comes out naturally. It’s therapeutic. 🎈

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Hala H.

Hala is a Lebanese graphic designer, illustrator and digital strategist based in New York. She's interested in design activism and how we can develop human-centered designs/innovations with social impact. She has been working on a series of one line illustrations under the title The Human Trap / Alienation 101, and looking to gather stories to illustrate from around the world addressing any form of alienation (reach out). Find her at

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  1. Wow, your art is so evocative. I don’t know much about art, but the movement of the lines, the weights and shapes, the layered representation and abstraction…they’re definitely doing something for me!

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