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Sandi Hilal + Alessandro Petti, Palestine c/o Venice Artist Spotlight

This is the third in a series of profiles of past projects by artists featured in the Palestine c/o Venice Pavilion. – ed.

Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti are perhaps best known for their installation at the 2003 Venice Biennale, “Stateless Nation.”  For this work, the collaborative duo installed a number of large-scale passports – taller than a human – throughout the Giardini, interspersed among the pavilions of different states. While passports were issued by different authorities, the bearer’s place of birth was always listed as Palestine. The project reflected the wider political context of the Biennale, in which participating nations each organize their own pavilion. Director Francesco Bonami had hoped to include a Palestinian Pavilion in the Biennale, but exhibition regulations prohibit the inclusion of nations not recognized by Rome, and his plans were scuppered amid controversy.

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Jawad al Malhi, Palestine c/o Venice Artist Spotlight

For the next several posts, we will be running profiles of past projects by artists featured in the Palestine c/o Venice Pavilion. – ed.

Jawad al Malhi’s contribution to the 2009 Palestine c/o Venice Pavilion is hard to miss: a panoramic photograph, House #197, printed at monumental scale (pictured above). The image depicts the Shufhat Refugee camp in Jerusalem as seen from the neighbouring Israeli settlement. The image seems flattened as if taken with a telephoto lens; focal length emphasizes the distance between observer and observed.

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Khalil Rabah, Palestine c/o Venice Artist Spotlight

For the next several days, we will be running profiles of past projects by artists featured in the Palestine c/o Venice Pavilion. – ed.

For his extensive ‘Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind‘, artist Khalil Rabah has created a fictional nomadic museum that collects and classifies the natural environment of Palestine. He describes it as follows:

The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind was established in 1936 to inspire wonder, discovery and creations, which provoke curiosity and deepen understanding of our natural and cultural world.

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