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The Other Shadow of the City

The Other Shadow of the City
International Visual Art Exhibition
7-31 October 2009

Curated by: Samar Martha

Maj Hasager, Two within close range, 2009
Photo and Found footage
Courtesy of the artist

Opening: 7 October 2009 at 6:30 pm at the Arab Bank, Sultan Suleiman Road followed by a reception at The Palestinian Art Court – al Hoash

The Other Shadow of the City draws inspiration from the city of Jerusalem and its changing urban structure. The exhibition takes the viewer to places outside the spiritual and holy Old City to urban locations that, despite their importance in shaping the contemporary urban city, have been rarely referenced or addressed in literature and art. The exhibition unravels Jerusalem as an urban structure with all its physical, social, economic and political complexity, demonstrating how urban space is divided, conquered, abandoned and occupied again.

The Other Shadow of the City features newly commissioned works by 26 international contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, video, film, installation, text and photography.  The artists set the stage for discussion on a number of themes, such as mobility, visions of utopia/dystopia, surveillance, history and memory, gated communities & natural environments.

The exhibition is also a culmination of ArtSchool Palestine’s 08/09 residency program organized in cooperation with al Hoash Gallery where 15 artists from the UK, Germany, Denmark, France, Morocco, Algeria and Jordan were invited to pursue new projects or research in locations throughout Palestine. For The Other Shadow of the City nine artists were invited, these are: Anna Boggon, Michael Baers, Sarah Beddington, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Maj Hasager, Samah Hijawi, Bouchra Khalili and Oraib Toukan.

In addition, the exhibition provided an opportunity for Arab and Palestinian artists, who don’t have access to the city of Jerusalem, to respond to their desires and dreams – testifying that ideas about cities are not only formed at a conscious level, but are also the product of unconscious desires. The city as a space becomes both the material and lived space as well as a site of fantasy and imagination.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, including artists’ talks, screenings and workshops and will take place in a number of venues across Jerusalem including Arab Bank venue which was closed since 1967, The Palestinian Art Court – al Hoash and the French Cultural Centre.

The Other Shadow of the City will tour to other locations through 2010 including Damascus, London, Paris, Brussels and Athens.

Participating artists: Mohammad al Hawajri – Palestine, Jawad Al Malhi – Palestine, Buthayna Ali  - Syria, Rafat Assad – Palestine, Michael Baers – USA, Sarah Beddington- UK, Rana Bishara – Palestine, Anna Boggon – UK, Zoulikha Bouabdellah – Algeria/France, Raouf Haj Yihya – Palestine, Rula Halawani – Palestine, Alexandra Handal – Palestine, Shuruq Harb – Palestine, Maj Hasager – Denmark, Samah Hijawi – Jordan, Jakob Jakobsen – Denmark, Bouchra Khalili – Morocco/France, Yazan Khalili – Palestine, Sliman Mansour – Palestine, Kevork  Mourad – Syria, Riyadh Neama – Iraq, Larissa Sansour – Palestine, Nawras Shalhoub – Palestine, Oraib Toukan – Jordan, Munir Waked – Palestine, Mohanad Yaqubi – Palestine

Organized by: ArtSchool Palestine and Palestinian Art Court al-Hoash  in partnership with the British Council, International Academy of Arts Palestine, The French Cultural Centre – Jerusalem and Rafia Gallery – Damascus.

Sponsored by: Palestine Investment Fund

Supported by:
Arab Bank LTD., A.M. Qattan Foundation, Consulate General of Belgium, Ford Foundation, Consulate General of Spain- Spanish Cooperation Office, Dr. Nabil Qaddumi, Swiss Agency For Development & Cooperation (SDC), The Representative Office of Denmark and Zina Jardaneh.

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