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Future Movements: Jerusalem

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 11.09.2010:

Future Movements

TWIP September 2010

City States: Jerusalem

(City States is a strand of the 2010 Liverpool Biennial’s international exhibition.)

Exhibition dates: 18 September to 28 November 2010

Curated by Samar Martha

Organised by ArtSchool Palestine

Location: Contemporary Urban Centre (Ground Floor space), 41-51 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1 0BS, United Kingdom

As part of Liverpool Biennial 2010, ArtSchool Palestine is organising an exhibition entitled Future Movements – Jerusalem. The exhibition, which is part of the Biennial’s City States project, will open on 18 September and run until 28 November 2010. Future Movements will be presented alongside exhibitions featuring other cities and regions, including Vilnius, the Caribbean, Quebec, Taipei, Pan Asia, and Nordic cities.

Future Movements will feature art works by 13 international artists who took part in ArtSchool Palestine’s 2009 residency programme, as well as newly commissioned art works by Palestinian artists living in Palestine and the diaspora; also on show are ongoing projects by international artists and collectives. The programme offered visiting international artists and Palestinian artists the opportunity to interact and respond to areas in the city rarely touched upon in tourist literature. It gave them the chance to explore and reflect on the actuality of Jerusalem today, a place that has changed a great deal during the last decade due to extensive Israeli settlement activity, road building, and the erection of many barriers; policies that have resulted in fragmented Palestinian realities and an urban fabric that is distorted and truncated by political, social, and cultural divisions. The city – once a commercial, cultural, and administrative centre of the West Bank and Gaza – has been transformed into an isolated city that is barely surviving. The art works in the exhibition depict these realities but at the same time give space for self-reflection, dignity, hope, and the possibility of looking forward into the future.

The featured artists explore the sharper edges of Jerusalem through personal experience while others, due to their inability to access the city itself, have managed to imagine and reinvent it. By offering diverse perspectives and examining the relationship between the individual and the place, the exhibition creates a setting where personal confessions and stories of the everyday are recounted. Whether from Palestine or elsewhere, the artists often use memory and a sense of absence as a means through which to reveal engagements and confrontations within the city. Depicting Jerusalem as a place overshadowed by the weight of history and scarred by divisions, they mark its fraught legacy of conflict and violence. Moving between locations they look at how cultures of remembering are constructed in the contemporary city, through architecture, memories, and stories.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of panel discussions and artists’ talks organised in cooperation with Visiting Arts, starting with a panel discussion on Friday, 17 September in the cinema at the Contemporary Urban Centre, at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation of two new art projects Landscape of Darkness by Yazan Khalili and ArtTerritories by Shuruq Harb.

Participating artists: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme – Palestine; Jawad Al Malhi – Palestine; Sarah Beddington – UK; Anna Boggon – UK; CAMP Group – India; Raouf Haj Yihya – Palestine; Alexandra Handal – Palestine/UK; Shuruq Harb – Palestine; Maj Hasager – Denmark; Jakob Jakobsen – Denmark; Bouchra Khalili – Morocco/France; Larissa Sansour – Palestine/Denmark; Oraib Toukan – Jordan.

Supported by Sawsan Asfari, the Barjeel Art Foundation, the Danish Arts Council, Ford Foundation, The International Arab Charity, Zina Jardaneh, PADICO HOLDING, and the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.

In partnership with Al Hoash Gallery and Visiting Arts.

ArtSchool Palestine is supported by the Foundation for Arts Initiatives.

Media Partners: Brownbook, Canvas, Contemporary Practices, and Oasis.

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