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Pain, Touch, Pressure, Temperature: Intimacies of Occupation

Spring 2005 | Gallery

The skin of fingertips contains the highest density of nerve endings of any body part. From them pain, touch, pressure, temperature are conveyed through the hands’ vivid sensitivity. There is also something ultimately human about hands, and personal. They say that is part of what makes them one of the hardest things to dissect when […]

Arts and politics in Palestine through my photographs

Spring 2005 | Gallery

I am a working artist, a photographer living and working in an intensely political environment. I am more comfortable taking photographs than writing or talking. Therefore I will try and talk about the relationship between art and politics from my own personal experience. The question of doing “political art” is not a question in the […]

Golnaz Fathi and Imaginative Silence

Fall 2005 | Gallery

Golnaz Fathi is a young Iranian artist whose paintings have been exhibited in a number of important galleries and museums in the Middle East, Europe and the United States over the past twelve years. Her work is transnational both in conception and in execution as it incorporates her extensive training in traditional Iranian calligraphy, graphic […]

Somewhere In Between: The Photography of Alessandra Sanguinetti

Summer 2006 | Gallery

Between two worlds. One of extreme grit, isolation and heaviness. Another light, glowing, surreal. The subjects of these photographs are suspended somewhere in between, stretched on a torturer’s rack, neither wholeness nor disintegration their clear fate. Suspended in potential energy searching for release. There is always a straining, contained and vibrating at the edges and […]

Remaking the World: The Cartography of Hamdi Attia

Winter 2007 | Gallery

The artist’s desire to understand his world and to represent it, to offer it as a living place, a place that is at once nowhere and completely unique, is a fundamental part of the artist’s project, of his way of being in the world. Hamdi Attia is a careful observer of media and representation, seeing […]

Mistranslating the Untranslatable: Four Recent Works by Hamdi Attia

Winter 2007 | Gallery

  Hamdi Attia’s latest work can be read as a detailed study of the social and political implications inherent in the act of translation. In four of his latest works, Attia inscribes his presence – as artist, as commentator– on already existing texts and discourses. This presence takes the form of an extended marginalia inhabiting […]

Hamdi Attia: Giving Them Enough Rope

Winter 2007 | Gallery

  With Public Figures, a series of densely political videos manipulated so that the subjects expose themselves and their post 9/11 agendas, Hamdi Attia slyly insinuates himself into their discourse — into the billion-dollar business of TV news and commentary. Born, raised, and art-schooled in Egypt, now living in New York, Attia’s visual intelligence on […]

Younès Rahmoun and his « spiritual » art at the Ends of the World

Spring 2007 | Gallery

  From the Rif to the Canaries and back again, always within the vast territory of the Tamzgha. (1) But Younès Rahmoun’s work seeks to transcend geographic spaces, through the penetration of these spaces in the form of the procession imposed in “visiting” his works. Younès is a mystical artist, and in this interview the […]

The “inhabited” Work and the Art of Transposition

Spring 2007 | Gallery

  Younès Rahmoun has set up shop. The space is cramped, barely more than a cubic meter. This is his studio, the Ghorfa. (1) It is in this empty space, under the staircase of his family home, that the artist conceives, develops, sketches, and finally designs the installations that will only take shape fully at […]

Rula Halawani: A Biographical Sketch

Spring 2005 | Gallery

The first time I saw Rula Halawani was in 1995, a little more than a year after the Oslo Accords. She had been accompanying Palestinian adolescents who were facing Israeli adolescents in a photography workshop organised by the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. The objectives of this workshop were to allow adolescents […]

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