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.

Series of Film Screenings Selected by Emily Jacir

Darat al Funun is pleased to present a film series curated by Emily Jacir to run concurrently with her exhibition at Darat al Funun. Jacir selected a series of seven pivotal films which have influenced her and her practice, or which her work is in dialogue with. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time, in particular between Italy and Palestine.

Besides her own films and videos, Jacir has a long history with cinema from curating some of the first Arab and Palestinian Film programs for NYC with Alwan for the Arts between 1999 – 2002, to conceiving of and co-curating the first Palestine International Video Festival in Ramallah in 2002. She also curated a selection of shorts, “Palestinian Revolution Cinema (1968 -1982)” which went on tour in 2007. Select film juries that Jacir has served on include Visions du Reel Festival international du cinéma (2014), Berlinale Shorts International Jury (2012), and the Cinema XXI Jury Rome Film Festival (2012).

The series began with the screening of “Tel al Zaatar”(1977), followed by ‘Hunger’ (2008) and ‘The Dupes’ (Al makhdu’un) (1972). It will continue in April and May with the following selection of films:

Salvatore Giuliano (1962; Francesco Rosi)
The Battle of Algiers (1966; Gillo Pontecorvo)
Dead Man (1995; Jim Jarmusch)
Nostalgia for the Light (2010; Patricio Guzman)

Drawing Workshop: "Color your ideas"
Saturdays 2-30 May 2015 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

If you like drawing and developing your art skills, and if you are between the ages of 13-18, we invite you to register for a drawing workshop held at Darat al Funun in collaboration with the British Council under the "Nahnou Together" program. The workshop will be held in Arabic and is led by Raed Ibrahim on Saturdays. Participation is free.

To register, please submit your name, age, phone number, and samples of your work by e-mail to: opencall@daratalfunun.org, or by hand at Darat al Funun before the 25th of April, 2015.


Film Screening: Salvatore Giuliano
A series of films selected by Emily Jacir
Tuesday 7 April 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Lab

July 5, 1950 – The famous Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano’ s bullet-riddled corpse is found facedown in a courtyard in Castelvetrano, a handgun and rifle by his side. Local and international press descend upon the scene. Shot in a neo-realist documentary, non-linear style, the film ‘Salvatore Giuliano’ (1962; Francesco Rosi) presents a legal brief against the political establishment and underworld figures who manipulate Giuliano and then eliminate him when he is no longer of any use. It moves back and forth between the late 1940s, when separatist politicians recruited Giuliano and others to do their fighting, and the days leading up to and following Giuliano's death. Rosi filmed in the exact locations and enlisted a cast of native Sicilians who were impacted by the real Giuliano.
Film Screening: The Battle of Algiers
A series of films selected by Emily Jacir
Tuesday 14 April 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Lab

Heavily influenced by Italian neo-realism, ‘The Battle of Algiers’ (1966; Gillo Pontecorvo) was commissioned by the Algerian government and reconstructs the events that occurred in the capital of French occupied Algeria between November 1954 and December 1957, during the Algerian War of Independence. The film was inspired by ‘Souvenirs de la Bataille d'Alger’, by Saadi Yacef. Local Algerians play inhabitants of the Casbah, and Western tourists were recruited to play the parts of Europeans. The only professional actor in the film is Jean Martin who plays Colonel Mathieu. Saadi Yacef plays himself. The film was banned in France until 1971.
Monthly Cultural Talk: Jerusalem in the Arabic Novel
Tuesday 21 April 2015 | 6:30 pm at the Headquarters

Darat al Funun’s cultural consultant, Dr. Faisal Darraj is joined by Laila Al Atrash to discuss the topic of Jerusalem in the Arabic novel and investigate the symbolism of the Holy City in novels emerging in the last century. Al Atrash’s novel “Hymns of Seduction” will be used as an example in the discussion.

Exhibition: Nidal El Khairy
24 March - 10 April 2015

Using visual and poetic means, including silk screen prints, paintings, ink on paper, and murals, Nidal El Khairy’s exhibition promises to engage the audience with one of the most critical voices in the region, that of Syrian poet and playwright Mohammad Al Maghout. El Khairy is an artist whose work comprises mainly of editorial illustrations and images for use in grassroots initiatives and campaigns aimed to achieve social justice.
Exhibition Opening: ‘The Warrior’ by Mohamed Abouelnaga
Sunday 12 April 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Lab

Egyptian artist Mohamed Abouelnaga’s exhibition “The Warrior” shows his new work, in which he reflects on the issue of being a warrior in contemporary times. Inspired by a 19th century archive of glass negatives with portraits of British soldiers and their families at the time of British colonization of Egypt, Abouelnaga transforms the prints through scratches and other interventions, producing a critical view of a colonial time in the context of today.

Born in Egypt in 1960, Mohamed Abouelnaga works in papermaking, mixed-media painting, video-installation, and printmaking. He graduated with honors from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria and studied papermaking in Egypt and in Japan.
'Amman Fireworks' Workshop and installation by Hamdi Attia
13 - 30 April 2015 | at the Lab

Egyptian artist Hamdi Attia will conduct a workshop at the Lab that brings together youth and teens to experiment with the embodiment of extreme emotions and thoughts through movement in relation to different kinds of space. The workshop will take place over two weeks and will culminate with an installation in the beginning of May.
‘The Making Of’ Experiments and Workshops
2 - 30 April 2015

"The making of" is a series of experimental workshops initiating a journey from the origins of the movement towards bodily memory. They reflect on different means of expression of identity and the role of art in self-expression. Sessions include cross-disciplinary experiments in writing, dance, storytelling, drawing, architecture, and performance.

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.
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