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Download artwork: Shuruq Harb, The Real Deal

In 2008, Ramallah-based artist Shuruq Harb (whose work Untitled, Goldfish is showing as part of The Thousand and One Nights) produced an artwork in the form of a fake fashion magazine. Called The Real Deal, it addressed ‘local issues relating to clothes and fashion in the West Bank.’ Satirical in tone, the magazine tells you how you can find ‘brand name clothes left over from Israel’s fashion season and smuggled’ into the West Bank by Palestinian workers. Harb adopts the persona of a fashion editor whose desire for the latest styles sends her on quixotic journeys and leads her to the bottom of enormous piles of subpar garments.

This editor character understands something that we Americans take for granted: consumer choice is the very foundation of individual identity. So what’s a girl to do in a place where consumer choice is so limited by restrictions on travel and exchange?

Shuruq has graciously agreed to let us offer her work for download. It’s about 50MB! But worth it. Let us know your thoughts and questions – you can email me at

Download The Real Deal (50MB).

The Real Deal was supported by Artschool Palestine and the French Cultural Center in Ramallah.

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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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.