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Newton’s Fourth Law by Wafa Hourani

Al Ma’mal Foundation  for the Arts, Jerusalem on view until August 4th, 2011


Palestinian Artists in Istanbul Biennial

It’s a big year for Palestinian artists on the biennial circuit. A couple weeks late, but I just noticed that there are a few familiar names on the roster for the Istanbul Biennial, opening September 12: Jumana Abboud, (Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Pettit and Eyal Weizman), and Wafa Hourani will all be taking part.

UPDATE: Not sure how I missed this, but Larissa Sansour is also on the list.


Wafa Hourani apparently included a Spiderman car (?) in his diorama of a futuristic refugee camp. He says, “A los palestinos nos encanta Spiderman. Puede escalar muros. Nosotros estamos rodeados de muros. Él no tiene límites” (I think this means, Palestinians love Spiderman. Because he can scale walls. We are surrounded by walls.)

Read the full interview here.

FT: “We love Wafa Hourani, we hate Saatchi’s show”

Wow, Wafa Hourani’s installation at Saatchi is taking London by storm. The Financial Times has gotten into the act:

Accompanied by a cacophony of Arab music, this reconstruction of a miniature makeshift cardboard city is grim but somehow delights with mimetic detail, empathy and the drama of human survival.

But the show as a whole did not fare so well:

Such surprises are far apart in the shoddy mess spilling across 12 galleries on the King’s Road.

Ouch. Full article: FT.Com | Jackie Wullschlager

Guardian Review – Wafa Hourani

Hebron native Wafa Hourani’s piece Qalandia 2067, now showing at Saatchi, gets a nice mention in today’s Guardian:

The whole thing draws you in, but becomes more and more unsettling the longer you look. Unlike, say, the Chapman brothers’ Hell, this model is all a bit clunky, and is all the more affecting because of it. The air of everyday menace and surveillance gets to you.

Full review: Shiny hollow people | Art and Design

Wafa Hourani at Saatchi Gallery

Ramallah-based artist Wafa Hourani is showing his work Qalandia 2067 in the Saatchi Gallery‘s upcoming survey of art from the Middle East:

Qalandia 2067 takes its name from the main check point crossing through the West Bank Security Fence which divides the cities of Ramallah and ar-Ram; it is a site of political unrest and human rights concerns. Dating his piece 2067 – one hundred years after the beginning of the Israeli occupation – Hourani’s constructed 5 scale models envisioning the future of a refugee camp where time seems to have regressed rather than evolved. Basing each segment on an actual site – the airport, border crossing, and 3 settlements – the buildings are rendered as war-ravaged and crumbling, crowned by implausibly archaic remnants of TV antennae. Each building is a miniature light-box illuminating glimpses into the private lives of the residents through film strips placed in the windows