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‘First Person’ showing in D.C.

First Person
Recent Artworks from Palestine
curated by Mary Evangelista
30 January – 3 April 27 March 2009
Opening: Friday, 30 January, 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Jerusalem Fund Gallery
Washington DC

In 2005, New York-based critic and curator Mary Evangelista was assigned to write a story on Israeli contemporary art for a major publication. In the course of a research trip to the Middle East, she was introduced to a number of outstanding emerging Palestinian artists. Evangelista’s editor refused to include these artists in the magazine, but the experience ignited an ongoing interest in Palestinian contemporary art.

Over the past three years, Evangelista has continued her research into Palestinian art on her own initiative. She has done studio visits with artists living under occupation, artists living in Israel, ex-patriates living in London and Paris. This exhibition will offer a first-person account of one curator’s venture into Palestinian contemporary art through a selection of painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and video works, many of which are drawn from Evangelista’s collection.

Artists: Hani Zurob, Taysir Batniji, Said abu Shakra, Farid abu Shakra, Samir Salameh, Nabil Anani, Ahmed Canaan, Reem Bader.

Image:
Marbles war n°04
Hani Zurob, 2007
mixed media on canvas, 100 x 120 cm