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Haaretz reports on UmelFahm museum building plans

Um el Fahm, a sparsely populated Arab town located in Israeli territory, is home to an art gallery, The Um el Fahm Gallery, that is fueled by the energy and enthusiasm of its director, Said abu Shakra. Over the years, Said – a former police officer and artist member of the Shakra family of artists – has managed to attract an ecumenical audience for his exhibitions, many of which attempt to combine the works of both Israeli and Palestinian artists.

Said’s ambition  and dreams have led to the idea of a Museum in Um el Fahm. According to this Jan. 27 article in Haaretz, architect’s plans are currently on the drawing board and recently a benefit for the new museum was held at a most unlikely place:  the Tel Aviv Museum.

Hats off to the Shakra family and to their Israeli supporters.

Sharif Waked at the Guggenheim

“Found in Translation”– an exhibition starting Feb 11-May, 2011,  deals with issues of belonging and nationality, displacement  and political and social confrontation. The exhibition includes work by Sharif Waked, who also participated in our exhibition, “One Thousand and One NIghts.”

Mona Hatoum at Whitechapel

This 1996 installation by Mona Hatoum is now showing at Whitechapel Gallery in London, through 6 March.

The third in a series of four displays from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, Current Disturbance (1996) fills the gallery with the sound of electric current feeding flashing lightbulbs in a vast grid of metal cages. As the bulbs light up and fade out at irregular intervals, they illuminate the surrounding room and the mass of wiring covering the floor. [e-flux]

Marian Spore exhibition

Our co-curator, Michael Connor  wears two hats and the following quotation describes  his project and its recent demise.Alan Licht wrote this for Rhizome.

Billed as “an art space that is formatted like a permanent collection,” Marian Spore was also like a game of Scrabble with the limitation of a lease rather than letters, its proprietor letting the works fall into place intuitively. If you ask me, someone should buy the entire collection as a piece in and of itself; as a curatorial work, the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Larissa Sansour in The National

Just came across this article–very exciting!  Larissa Sansour’s new venture with Oreet Ashery is in The National.

Mary E is now blogging

Big news. I’m learning how to use wordpress which means that I’ll be able to keep this site updated.

Look forward to more content from Michael and me in the next few months.

The First Palestinian on the Moon

Larissa Sansour
A Space Exodus

January 8 – February 7, 2010
Friday, Sept 8, 7–9pm
487 Driggs Ave, bet N. 9 and N. 10
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Thurs–Mon, 12–6pm

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The exhibition ‘Never Part’ at Al-Ma’mal Foundation “brings together objects and works from which their authors, Palestinian artists from the four corners of the world, have never been able to separate themselves. It is the personal life stories of these artists, the fact of and reasons for this inseparability that place the works into perspective.” Artists include Jumana Emil Abboud, Ayreen Anastas, Nabil Annani, Asad Azi, Taysir Barakat, Khaled Hourani, Marwan Rechmaoui, Vera Tamari, Inass Yassin.

Masarat Palestine 2009

“Masarat Palestine 2009”
Cultural Exchange Project (Palestine – Belgium)
Video Art Exhibition «Intimate Narratives»
Wednesday 25th November 2009, at 5:30 pm
Ramallah Cultural Palace

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Artist Guy Ben-Ner and Jon Kessler in Conversation – Monday November 2 at the Cooper Union, NY

Guy Ben Ner, Untitled, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Performa.


On the occasion of Guy Ben-Ner’s new commissioned film for Performa 09, Artis invites you to an exclusive conversation with Ben-Ner and Jon Kessler, Monday November 2 at 7pm at the Performa Hub (The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, NY).
In his newest film, “Untitled” (2009), Ben-Ner documents 25 trips between Tel Aviv and Berlin over the course of a year as he works through relationships with his family in one city and his girlfriend in the other. Creating a performance as “live film,” the artist films and edits in-camera an ongoing phone conversation with himself as his life unfolds. Introduced by Performa Founder and Director RoseLee Goldberg, Ben-Ner and his former teacher Jon Kessler will engage in lively conversation about this and his other recent films.
An 8pm opening party and launch of Programma Magazine with drinks and food courtesy of Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, Yarden Wines and Voss Water to follow. Special thanks to The Cooper Union. RSVP required to

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