Emily Jacir
A star is as far as the eye can see
and as near as my eye is to me

4 November 2014 - 23 April 2015
Opening on Tuesday 4 November 2014 from 6-9pm

Darat al Funun presents an extensive survey of select work from Emily Jacir’s oeuvre, including film and video works, installations, interventions, audio works, and sculpture. From Change/Exchange (1998) to Untitled (SOLIDARIDAD) (2013), the exhibition contains key works presented together for the first time, as well as several rarely seen works. This includes two site-specific works that have not been shown since they were created in 1999, Everywhere/Nowhere, and from Amman to Bethlehem (contraband).

Since the early 1990s, Jacir has created works about transformation, questions of translation, resistance, and the logic of the archive. With restrained formal means she makes visible silenced historical narratives, with a focus on her own political, historical, and social relationships.

The exhibition’s title is a poem by Gregory Corso that he recited in front of Jacir in Rome.

Emily Jacir has shown extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and the Arab world since 1994. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011). She lives in the Mediterranean.

The 2015-16 Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World

Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the open call for its 2015-16 dissertation fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2011 to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. The fellowship provides financial support of up to ten thousand US dollars to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. One to three fellowships will be granted each year. The fellowship duration can range from 4-10 months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan.

Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun's cultural and artistic activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five to seven page research report that will be made available on Darat al Funun's website.

Fellowship funding is intended to compensate all travel and stipend expenses. Darat al Funun will in addition provide housing and office space. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance.

Darat al Funun is a home for the arts and artists from the Arab world. we organize exhibitions, talks, film screenings and educational programs, host performances and concerts, offer artist residencies, and publishe books and catalogues. we also house an arts library with Arabic and English sources and an archive that includes video and photographic documentation of Darat al Funun's activities and files on Arab artists. In addition, Darat al Funun hosts the Khalid Shoman Collection. For specific questions about the fellowship contact fellowship@daratalfunun.org

Applications are welcome in Arabic or English by 15 November 2014 with notice of award by 15 March 2015. Applicants should send a research proposal, also specifying their desired period of stay during the academic year 2015-16, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, C.V., and official transcript. Priority will be given to proposals that indicate the role of Darat al Funun's archive. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the start of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from students enrolled in any university worldwide.

Application materials should either be emailed (in PDF or Word format, with each document clearly labelled with your name) to fellowship@daratalfunun.org

or mailed to:

Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship
Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation
P.O. Box 5223
Amman, Jordan 11183
Begun in the early eighties, the Khalid Shoman Collection is one of the earliest collections dedicated exclusively to contemporary art of the Arab world. This extensive publication brings together the voices of artists, architects, curators, art critics, and scholars to reflect on the Khalid Shoman Collection and its potential role in narrating a regional art history. The book consists of three interwoven parts: (1) academic essays by scholars from different disciplines examining a range of art historical concerns through art works from the Collection, (2) personal reflections by artists, curators, critics, and scholars who have lived the history of Darat al Funun, and (3) the works by the over one hundred and forty artists forming the Collection, reflecting the shifts and transformations in the region's artistic practices over the last four decades.

You can buy the book at Darat al Funun, or online via Ideabooks.

Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation

13, Nadeem al Mallah st. (main entrance)
9, Moh'd Ali al Saadi st. (upper entrance)
Jabal al Weibdeh

Saturday - Thursday / 10:00AM - 7:00PM

P.O.Box 5223, Amman 11183, Jordan
Tel.: 962 6 4643251 / 2
Fax: 962 6 4643253

Film Screening
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Tuesday 14 October 2014
Blue House 6:30 PM

‘Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul’ (2005; dir. Fatih Akin) takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenges familiar notions of east and west. The director looks at the vibrant musical scene which includes traditional Turkish music plus rock and hip-hop.
Monthly Cultural Talk
The Alternative Music Scene in Jordan

Its emergence, audience, and future
Tuesday 28 October, 2014
Blue House 6:30pm

We invite you to participate in a discussion exploring the advent of alternative music in Jordan; understanding its development and audience, defining its role in the cultural sphere, and questioning its ability as a change-maker and influencer in our community. The discussion will be led by Dr. Faisal Darraj, cultural consultant to Darat al Funun, Hisham Bustani, a literary and writer, Mohamed Abdullah, a musician from the alternative band Almorabba’, and Ahmad Zatari, creative content editor at Darat al Funun and journalist.

“Next to Here”

In collaboration with the Goethe Institute

21 October - 30 November 2014 at The Lab
Exhibition opening - Tuesday 21 October, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Followed by curator talk - Dr. Constanze Wicke at 6:30 PM

“Next to Here” is an exhibition for young documentary photographers from North Africa and the Middle East. The exhibition includes works by photographers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates. These photographic works explore pictorial landscapes of cities and nature, and paint portraits of human beings. They all share a common feature, which is the interest in the nature and realism of the world around us and its inhabitants. This exhibition is being held in several cities around the Arab world throughout 2014.
Film and Discussion Series

Life is Elsewhere

Rehousing Home and Redefining Identity

Throughout this series, writer and assistant professor Dr. Akram Al Deek questions the politics of home and identity and microscopes themes of exile and displacement through selected novels and their cinematic adaptations. In the series, Dr. Al Deek will focus on the following novels; Brick Lane (Monica Ali), Men in the Sun (Ghassan Kanafani), Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys), Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie), White Teeth (Zadie Smith), Sour Sweet (Timothy Mo), and The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini).

Saturday October 11 at 4:00 PM: Brick Lane
Saturday October 18 at 4:00 PM: Men in the Sun
Film and Architecture

The Film and Architecture series, presented by Architect Bashar ‘Ibn’ Talib, consists of discussion surrounding four films. The workshop will introduce participants to a new way of viewing and interpreting films through the use of architecture as an embodiment of an idea or a feeling. The screenings will explore the role of architecture as an agent of action and its impact on both narrative and theme.

Saturday October 25 at 4:00 PM: L'Eclisse (1962)
Saturday November 1 at 4:00 PM: Playtime (1967)
Saturday November 8 at 4:00 PM: La Jetée (1962)
Saturday November 15 at 4:00 PM: Drive (2011)

The Lab at Darat al Funun is an experimental space encouraging creative exploration by artists and facilitators from various disciplines. We are now accepting proposals to work, produce, or curate innovative projects and/or organize a series of talks, workshops, or film screenings. We are looking to work closely with participants to realize projects with an interactive element that go beyond the exhibition format to engage the public. This call is open to artists, filmmakers, designers, architects, performers, curators, and all creative minds. Please note that while we welcome applications from abroad, this is not a residency program, and we do not cover travel costs.

Guidelines for Submission:
Please e-mail your application in English or Arabic to opencall@daratalfunun.org, and include the following items:

(1) Your name/address/contact details (if a group, please identify the main contact person).
(2) Clear description of your proposal (approximately 500-1,000 words; you can add sketches and/or images if needed).
(3) A production plan outline, estimated budget, and timeline. We will assist with any installation and de-installation, and you may use available equipment and materials. We will discuss this with you in more detail if your project is chosen. Our only expectation is that projects run for 4-6 weeks.
(4) Please also mention your background and motivation.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2014.