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Alexia & Anisa Ashkar, “Blink of an Eye”

Blink of an Eye
Alexia & Anisa Ashkar
Documentation of performance, 2007

Just found this video on YouTube of a performance by artist Anisa Ashkar (Acre, 1979) interpreting the myth of Perseus and Medusa. I like the turntable that they’re standing on…

Anisa Ahkar: Me and Paul Klee Painting

Anisa Ashkar, Me and Paul Klee Painting (2004)
Digital C-print

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London: Palestinian Photography at Le Violon Bleu

Le Violon Bleu is showing work by four women photographers from Palestine and its diaspora: Sama Alshaibi, Anisa Ashkar, Rana Bishara and Rula Halawani. From the Saudi Gazette:

The exhibition’s title, ‘Aperture 27,000’, refers to the 27,000-square-kilometer land mass of historic Palestine. The photographers raise questions of displacement, loss and identity, and their connection to occupied Palestine and Israel.

The reviewer, Susannah Tarbush, mentions the work pictured above, which is from a series called Intimacy by Rula Halawani.

The subject of the series is Palestinians passing through the notorious Israeli checkpoint at Qalandia. Halawani’s images capture intimate glimpses, for example of a ringed hand, a searched bag or identity documents, and encourage the viewer to reflect on the experiences of the Palestinian individuals concerned.

Qalandia, coincidentally, is also the subject of Wafa Hourani’s current show at Saatchi.