PAST — LIVE IN PALESTINE
LIVE IN PALESTINE
EXHIBITION FROM JULY 11 TO AUGUST 11, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 AT 7PM
Organized by AXENÉO7 in partnership with DAÏMÔN (Gatineau), A Space Gallery (Toronto) and Dar al-Kalima University (Bethlehem)
Curated by Anna Khimasia (Los Angeles), Rehab Nazzal (Bethlehem) and Stefan St-Laurent (Gatineau)
Live in Palestine is a performance exhibition and event organized by AXENÉO7 bringing together a wide-range of contemporary artists currently living and working in Palestine. The works included in the exhibition combine performative practices with political engagement by addressing some of the complexities of living in Palestine.
The exhibition spotlights both prominent and emerging contemporary artists Jumana Emil Abboud (Jerusalem), Nihayah Alhaj (Bethlehem), Khalil al-Mozain (London, ON), Rana Bishara (Bethlehem), Mohamed Harb (Gaza), Emily Jacir (New York and Ramallah), Manal Mahamid (Haifa), Mohammad Mustafa (Bethlehem and Ramallah), Mohamed Obeidallah (Bethlehem), Raeda Saadeh (Jerusalem) and Sharif Waked (Haifa and Nazareth). Many of the works presented in the exhibition have never been shown in North America. Internationally renowned artist Rana Bishara will be in residency at AXENÉO7 in June 2018 to create new live work for the exhibition.
Live in Palestine brings together performance work that asks the viewer to consider how bodies, actions and images produce meaning in particular geopolitical spaces. We believe that this exhibition is crucial at this moment in view of the recent shootings of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem in defiance of the international community, and the arrest of hundreds of Palestinian children including the sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi. In presenting contemporary Palestinian artists to a Canadian audience, the curatorial team hopes to encourage dialogue and exchange.
This exhibition was initiated at the Art & Resistance conference organized by Dar al-Kalima University (Bethlehem), and is scheduled to tour in Canada, the US and Palestine in 2018 and 2019.