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Ramallah – Palestine – International Academy of Art Palestine, In partnership with Art21 as part of its Access ’12 initiative, presents a sneak preview in advance of the premiere of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, on [Thursday 5-4-2012] at Ramallah – Palestine – International Academy of Art Palestine. The event will feature 4 films on the following themes, boundaries, balance, change and history . This event is free and open to the public.

Art21 Access ’12 is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events that tailor the ideas presented in series to the interests and concerns of local audiences. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists.

Art21 Access ’12 events are presented in partnership with the Arts Business Council, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the YMCA. An updated list of Art21 Access ’12 events and venues.

These screenings provide an opportunity to view in depth interviews with artists around the selected themes.

Art21 Access ’12 events are being hosted by museums, schools, libraries, art spaces, community centers, and universities worldwide. Each event features an exclusive advance screening of one or two episodes from Season Six of the documentary, as well as an educational component, such as talks by local, regional, and national artists; lectures; panel discussions; interactive art-making projects and question-and-answer sessions.

The following episode(s) will be screened:

Episode 1: Change
This episode features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie are featured.
Thursday 5-4-2012 Time: 3-4 pm evening local time in Palestine

Episode 2: Boundaries
This episode presents artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure. David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis, and Tabaimo are featured.
Monday 9-4-2012 Time: 3-4 pm evening local time in Palestine

Episode 3: History
In this episode, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic ‘truth’, and create narratives based on personal experiences. Marina Abramović, Glenn Ligon, and Mary Reid Kelley are featured.
Thursday 19-4-2012 Time: 3-4 pm evening local time in Palestine

Episode 4: Balance
Through sculpture, paintings, and installations, the artists in this hour grapple with equilibrium and disequilibrium as they create highly structured works that challenge conventional notions of perception and representation. Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold, and Sarah Sze are featured.
Thursday 26-4-2012 Time: 3-4 pm evening local time in Palestine

The International Academy of Art, Palestine aims to be a pioneering institution in Palestine concerned with developing and advancing the practice and knowledge of contemporary art through learning capacity building and resource networks through innovative programmes and its institutional model.

Monsieur RAYMOND REBELLAC, Maire de Najac et son Conseil Municipal

Madame Lambaere-Strega, Présidente de l’association culturelle “A LIVRE OUVERT”

Ont le plaisir de vous convier au vernissage d’art contemporain de

Mohammed Mussalam (Gaza-Palestine)

“Fenêtres ouvertes”

à la Maison de la Fontaine à 12270 NAJAC
samedi 30 mars à 18 heures
Exposition du 30 Mars au 3 Mai 2012

Contact : association culturelle “A LIVRE OUVERT” Téléphone 05 65 29 79 98 – site: Ont le plaisir de vous convier au vernissage d’art contemporain de

Mohammed Mussalam (Gaza-Palestine)

” Fenêtres ouvertes ”

à la Maison de la Fontaine à 12270 NAJAC
samedi 30 mars à 18 heures
Exposition du 30 Mars au 3 Mai 2012

Contact : association culturelle “A LIVRE OUVERT” Téléphone 05 65 29 79 98 – site:

La police de Dubai a décroché “After Washing” de Shadi Al Zaqzouq sur le stand de la galerie Artspace


Shadi Alzaqzouq
Tél : 0033 (0)6 87 87 08 27

Solo exhibition by Jumana Manna

CRG Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Jumana Manna, a Palestinian artist who lives between Jerusalem, Los Angeles and Oslo and works primarily with video and sculpture/installation. Influenced by her peripatetic existence, Manna’s work explores the construction of human identity in relation to national narratives, through portraits of morally dubious characters and events.

Manna’s sculpture/installation works take interest in the formations of community, patriarchy and journeys, in which the objects are de-bunked from their original function and re-presented at a state of abjection or negation. With Wanderers (2011), Manna creates a four-person sleeping bag from military felt blankets. Based on a 1950′s custom-made object for a flight traveling from Scandinavia to Los Angeles over the North Pole, after being banned from Soviet air traffic during the Cold War; Manna’s re-creation of this object in felt, alludes to bodily warmth and survival tactics in temporary dwellings.

Also on display is Manna’s For Those Who Like The Smell of Burning Tires (2009), previously standing as a public sculpture outside Kunsthall Oslo, consists of three 8 meter aluminum flagpoles, bent with a hydraulic press. These flagpoles, formerly designated as bearers of national celebration, now stand limp and disfigured as an derelict monument, with the missing flags still present as absence. Manna’s title connotes a certain sense of pleasant, aestheticized riot and gently sensed violence. Recurring in Manna’s work is the implication that identities– whether defined by gender, by geopolitical allegiances, or by national identities–are constantly dissolving into deterioration and reinvention in turn.

Manna ‘s work is in the collection of the Essl Museum, Austria.

Art Dubai 2012, Booth B13
Madinat Arena
Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai, UAE
Al Sufouh Road (4th Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road)

Shuruq Harb to give lecture performance around her latest artist book, The Keeper

Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 7:30pm
Union Docs
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY

The Keeper, tells the story of an encounter with Mustafa, a young street vender in downtown Ramallah who sells images culled from the Internet to the public.

Press Release (Adobe PDF)

Palestinian artist Mohamed Abusal imagines a Parisian Metro in Gaza

"Un métro à Gaza", imaginé par l'artiste Mohamed Abusal.© © Mohamed Abusal 2010-2011.

The 2012 London Palestine Film Festival

April 20th – May 3 rd

The programme for the 15th London Palestine Film Festival was launched this week by Festival organisers the Palestine Film Foundation. The largest event of its kind in Europe, since 1998 the annual Festival has showcased the finest in new docs and fiction from or about Palestine while also unveiling rare historic works. During this year’s two-week run at the Barbican Cinema and University of London venues, a total of 41 films will be shown, by directors working internationally in all genres. With 26 premieres and some astonishing archive works, the Festival also boasts daily screen talks with a roster of 25 guest speakers.

For more details please see the attached PRESS RELEASE

Palestine Film Foundation
27 Old Gloucester Street, 
WC1N 3XX, 

Shuruq Harb was one of the artists I showed in my Chelsea Palestinian exhibition

Transformation of Palestinian landscape focus of Designing Civic Encounter project
Emily Lawrence
The Electronic Intifada
Bethlehem 25 February 2012