An Odd Piece of Research on the Many Virtues of the Oriental Imagination
Private View: 4th August 2016, 18:00 – 21:00
Exhibition dates: 5th August 2016 – 3rd September 2016
Curated by Mai Kanaaneh and Nadia Jaglom of Sarha Collective
Artists: Abdulrahman Katanani, Alaa Abu Asad, Amjad Ghannam, Anas Al-Barbawari, Ayham Jabr, Basma Alsharif, Dirar Kalash, Hani Amra, Leopold Lambert, METASITU Collective, Noor Abuarafeh, Rafat Asad, Samah Hijawi, Shada Safadi, Wafa Hourani and Yazan Khalili.
P21 Gallery is pleased to present ‘Chapter 31’. The exhibition is a dazzling journey into the future of Palestine - through both utopian and dystopian visions of what lies ahead - in film, sculpture, installation, collage, painting and performance.
It includes works by Palestinian artists working in the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, historic Palestine and throughout the global diaspora : artists who have exhibited widely and shown their work at The Tate Modern, the Saatchi Gallery, MoMA and various international biennials, as well as artists who have never exhibited in the UK before. Aiming to reflect the creative diversity of global, fragmented Palestinian communities, ‘Chapter 31’ counts amongst its contributors a second generation Gazan feminist video artist living in LA, a sculptor from Sabra refugee camp in Lebanon and a former political prisoner from Jerusalem who begun his artistic career whilst held in an Israeli jail.
‘Chapter 31’ is the result of years spent by curators Mai Kanaaneh and Nadia Jaglom living between Europe and Palestine and the conversations and encounters this inspired. The exhibition takes its title from a chapter in a satirical novel by celebrated Palestinian author Emile Habibi, in which an alien invasion allows the protagonist to consider the impact of Israeli colonisation on the Palestinians who have remained behind in historic Palestine. With this, Sarha Collective invites audiences to question their own preconceptions about Palestine and the broader Middle East, as well as the pervasive stereotypes that continue to shape discussion about the region.
At a time of heightened violence and the entrenchment of Israeli occupation, when many Palestinians feel disillusioned with the current leadership and political solutions being presented to them, Palestinian artists are now increasingly turning to the theme of the future. ‘Chapter 31’ will provide a space in which some of the most imaginative and experimental of these visions can be explored. These include fears and anxieties about what the future holds as well as works which envisage an end to occupation and a return from exile. The curators have enabled artists the freedom to respond to the theme of the exhibition as they chose, giving rise to new commissions and previously unheard perspectives which they hope will be of lasting interest to audiences in the UK.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of pop-up events.
04-08-2016, 19.00-21.00, The Departure: Opening Event
10-08-2016, 20.30-22.00, Live performance
25-08-2016, 20.00-21.00, Film Screening
27-08-2016, 12.00-17.30, Workshop
All media enquiries please contact the curators at firstname.lastname@example.org