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CAA Panel Wrap-up

Last week, I attended a panel at the annual College Art Association conference entitled “Interdependent Identity: Paradigm and Paradox in Contemporary Israeli and Palestinian Art”. Organized by Noah Simblist of SMU and Sarah Rogers of Columbia’s Global Center Amman, it was an interesting exploration of various elements of the occupation and its impact on artists.

The panel began with Adair Rounthwaite (U of Minnesota), who discussed Emily Jacir’s piece, “Sexy Semite.” For this work, Jacir contacted 60 Palestinians living in the New York area and asked them to place ‘sexy’ personal ads in the Village Voice as if they were looking for a Jewish mate, which would allow them to return to Palestine/Israel thanks to the Law of Return.

Rounthwaite pointed out that the work combines oppression and desire. She offered in comparison a piece by Kara Walker consisting of a letter from a sexually subjugated black girl to her white master.

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Mapping Palestine at Art Dubai

Hot on the heels of Monday’s announcement of a Palestine pavilion at Venice, Art Dubai has announced that it will present a project called ‘Mapping Palestine’ as part of this year’s fair, which takes place 18-21 March. The project, curated by Samar Martha of ArtSchool Palestine, includes an exhibition of 2D works,  a video exhibition, and a series of presentations by arts organizations based in Palestine.

Here’s a list of artists from the ArtSchool Palestine website:

The first project, Akhir al Layl “at the end of the night”, derived from a poem by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, exhibits a range of two-dimensional works by artists living and working in Palestine and the diaspora including Sama Alshaibi, Rana Bishara, Tarek Al Ghoussein, Raouf Haj Yihya,  Rula Halawani, Alexandra Handal, Shuruq Harb, Mona Hatoum, Yazan Khalili, Jawad Al Malhi, Ahlam Shibli and Sharif Waked.

The second project, Tamam, is a programme of video art and includes work by Alexandra Handal, Annemarie Jacir, Sharif Waked, Larissa Sansour and Enas Muthafar amongst others. Tamam is an Arabic word meaning ‘everything is fine’.  But under the harsh reality of occupation, can things be fine and normal? Ironically, each of the selected artists portrays in their work the harshness of life under occupation and its absurdity. In a sometimes sarcastic manner, their work highlights some of the aspects of daily life under occupation.

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.

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