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Shadi Habib Allah – The King and the Jester

Shadi Habib Allah, “The King and the Jester,” Single-channel video, 2010

File this blog post under ‘better late than never’: Shadi Habib Allah’s solo exhibition at Reena Spaulings last fall was given a glowing writeup in the New Yorker: “a lyrical vérité video by a young Palestinian artist about, of all things, a Miami auto-body shop…Habib Allah trails his subjects with a fly-on-the-wall, gimlet-eyed humanism worthy of Frederick Wiseman, unearthing significance in the humdrum incidents of the everyday.”

Images of 1001 Nights at Postmasters NYC

Installation View, Postmasters Gallery

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Exhibition: The Thousand and One Nights

Postmasters Gallery is pleased to announce “The Thousand and One Nights” – an exhibition of  contemporary artists from Palestine curated by Mary Evangelista with Michael Connor.
July 7 – August 8, 2009
Postmasters Gallery
Opening reception Tuesday, July 7 6-8pm


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/si:n/ festival of video art and performance

The /si:n/ festival of video art & performance opens tonight (May 19 2009) at 7.00pm at the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah. The festival features performances, screenings and installations from now through Sunday. Here’s a link to the program, and the full schedule.

The schedule includes 1999 video work by Khalil Rabah, ‘My Body and Sole,’ that we haven’t seen; work by Taysir Batniji, Jumana Abboud and Shadi Habib Allah; some tantalizing looking screening programs; and the work pictured above: Raeda Saadeh’s Vacuum. You can watch the piece online here; we recommend it!

Palestine c/o Venice

Jawad Al Malhi, House No. 197, 2007-2009

e-Flux ran an announcement this morning for a Palestinian pavilion to take at the Venice Biennale. The selected artists include Taysir Batniji, who is included in our show ‘First Person’, and Shadi HabibAllah, now getting his MFA at Columbia. Also in the show: Emily jacir, Jawad AL Malhi, Khalil Rabah, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti.

In 2003, Francesco Bonami tried to include a Palestinian pavilion in the Biennale:

Not long after taking up the Venice directorship in March 2002, Mr. Bonami mentioned in a briefing to the Biennale’s board that he was considering adding a Palestinian pavilion to this year’s exhibition, which opens June 15. The next morning he woke up to find an article on the plan in Il Gazzettino, the major Venetian daily, which included criticism of it as needlessly provocative or even anti-Semitic. (Full article here)

The announcement of the 2009 version seems to have been handled much better – I don’t think there was any press about this until after the official statement was released. This is a good sign – hopefully the conversations provoked by the Palestinian pavilion will be more interesting the second time around.

UPDATE: It’s also worth noting that the organizers of Palestine c/o Venice have arranged to make presentations six Palestinian art institutions alongside the Biennale, to cater to audiences who are unable to travel or obtain visas.