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

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).

The non-chronological presentation dispersed over several buildings of the Darat al Funun compound echoes the complexities and tensions articulated in Jacir's work. 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.

Her work ex libris (2010-2012), commissioned for dOCUMENTA (13), commemorates the approximately thirty thousand books from Palestinian homes, libraries, and institutions that were looted by Israeli authorities in 1948. For this exhibition, the artist also presents documentation of her 2002 installation, Today, there are four million of us, which revisited the Jordanian Pavilion at the 1964/65 World's Fair in New York and addresses multi-layered issues of institutional censorship. At the time, a mural sympathizing with the plight of the Palestinians had to be removed, while a reprint of the pavilion's brochure by Jacir caused controversy in the same place 38 years later. Lydda Airport (2009) is a film that takes place in the eponymous location in the mid to late 1930s. The film was inspired by Edmond Tamari, a transport company employee from Jaffa, who received word that he should take a bouquet of flowers to Lydda Airport and wait for the arrival of Amelia Earhart to welcome her to Palestine. stazione (2009), a public intervention conceived for the 53rd Venice Biennale, created a bilingual transport route through the city that made visible Venice's shared history with the Arab world. Punctuating the exhibition is a selection of the artist's smaller-scale works, sketches, and documentations, reflecting the diversity of her practice.

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.

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.


Film Screening: The Time That Remains
Tuesday 6 January 2015
the Lab 6:30 PM

Continuing in a series of films by Palestinian filmmakers, ‘The Time That Remains’ (2011; Dir. Elia Suleiman) is a semi-autobiographical drama telling the story of Suleiman’s parents, based on his father’s diaries, beginning from the day his hometown of Nazareth was occupied until the present day.
Artist Talk: Filippo Luini
Tuesday 13 January 2015
Blue House 6:30 PM

As part of our artist-in-residence exchange program with the Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Darat al Funun welcomes artist Filippo Luini, who will be giving a talk on his work. Luini is a photographer and journalist living in Milan.
Film Screening: Paradise Now
Tuesday 20 January 2015
the Lab 6:30pm

‘Paradise Now’ (2005; dir: Hani Abu Asaad) explores 48 hours of the life of two Palestinian childhood friends who are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.
Monthly Cultural Talk
Modern Arab literary criticism: An open crisis?

Tuesday 27 January 2015
Blue House 6:30 PM

Dr. Faisal Darraj talks about the lagging domain of Arab literary criticism, and cites reasons for its faltering, linking it to theories of the “other” and genres of modern arabic literature that lack a heritage of criticism.
‘Performative Ground’
Lecture-performance by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi

Saturday January 24 2015
5:00 PM at the Lab

Artist Maryam Monalisa Gharavi will give a 60-minute lecture and visual performance based on the concept of security as a grounded phenomenon. She will share a series of photographs based on a current project she is conducting in Palestine, which explores the ground as a site of care..
Workshop: "Storytelling in Playwriting"
Sunday - Thursday, 25 - 29 January 2015
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Lab

Playwright and director Wael Qadour will be conducting a one-week workshop specific to playwriting and screenplays aimed at strengthening the role of playwriting in the domain of theatre arts in Jordan. For more information on participation and the open call (in arabic), click here.
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Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation

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9 Moh'd Ali al Saadi st. (upper entrance)
Jabal al Weibdeh

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