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.

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Book Launch and Reading
“Children and Prophets” by Fathiyyeh Al Saoudi

Tuesday 2 December 2014
Blue House 6:30 PM

Jordanian researcher and poet Fathiyyeh Al Saoudi presents selected readings from her book “Children and Prophets”, in collaboration with Jordanian Artist Nadira Omran, and with an introduction by Darat al Funun’s cultural consultant, Dr. Faisal Darraj. Saoudi has previously translated and published several scientific and literary works and received several medals for her humanitarian and cultural work. She currently lives in London.
Film Screening
'When I Saw You' by Annemarie Jacir

Tuesday 9 December 2014
the Lab 6:30 PM

Continuing in a series of Palestinian films, ‘When I Saw You’ (2013; Annemarie Jacir) takes place in 1967 Jordan as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. The award winning film focuses on the hardships faced by 11 year old Tarek as he adjusts to life at the camp with his mother, having been separated from his father during the chaos. ‘When I Saw You’ is the winner of Best Asian Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, Best Arab Film in Abu Dhabi and Palestine's 2013 Oscar Entry.
Exhibition Opening
Warsheh - “Arsheef”

Tuesday 16 December 2014
the Lab 6:30pm

The designer duo of Warsheh; Mothanna Hussein and Hadi Alaeddin, open an exhibition that showcases their project “Arsheef” and the outcomes of a two week exploration at the Lab.
Design Workshop

Amman's Urban Furniture

Saturday, December 6th 1:00-5:00 PM and
Saturday December 13th 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Through an investigative design workshop on urban furniture, designer and ‘placemaker’ Rawan Kashkoush raises questions on the human relationship with urban space in Amman. This workshop looks at seating as a physical form of petitions to return public space to people, to turn ‘space’ into ‘place’. It requires participants to explore, collect, and research instances of society’s interactions with the public arena, and to design contextually relevant urban furniture for Amman’s cityscape. Read more.


Warshe - "Arsheef"

16 - 31 December 2014 at the Lab

“Arsheef” is an archive of old Arabic newspapers and magazines all published between the 50s and 70s. Passed on from generation to generation, they were trusted to the designers of Warsheh to create a new story out of a bunch of old ones. This is Warsheh presenting the past.

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

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