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

We are pleased to present a film series curated by Emily Jacir to run concurrently with her exhibition at Darat al Funun. Over the course of three months Jacir will be presenting a series of six pivotal films which have influenced her and her practice, or which her work is in dialogue with.

We plan to begin the series on Tuesday 10 February 2015 with the Arab World premiere of the Arabic version of Tel al Zaatar, which was only recently discovered by Monica Maurer and Jacir during their work on restoring the rushes of the film in Rome. A second screening of the film will be shown on Wednesday 11 February 2015 at Al Balad Theatre.

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).

Film Premiere: Tel al Zaatar (1977)
In the presence of Emily Jacir and Monica Maurer
Tuesday 10 February 2015 | Al Balad Theater 7:30pm

Second screening: Tel al Zaatar (1977)
Wednesday 11 February 2015 | Al Balad Theater 7:30pm

The first in a series of six film screenings curated by Emily Jacir, we are pleased to present the Arab World premiere of Tel al Zaatar (1977). Directed by Mustafa Abu Ali, Pino Adriano and Jean Chamoun, the film’s subject is the August 12, 1976 massacre of Palestinians and Lebanese at Tel al Zaatar, a UN-administered refugee camp in northeast Beirut. Tel al Zaatar reconstructs the history of the camp, its destruction and its resistance through the voices of the men, women and children who survived the massacre. The original score in Arabic was only recently discovered by Monica Maurer and Jacir during their work on restoring the rushes of the film in Rome.

Spaces are limited so please register:
For Tuesday 10 February 2015 register here.
For Wednesday 11 February 2015 register here.
Exhibition Opening: 'Urban Stories: Amman'
Tuesday 17 February 2015 | the Lab 6:30 PM

‘Urban Stories: Amman’ is an exhibition showcasing the research and findings of an investigative design workshop on urban furniture, conducted in December 2014 at ‘the Lab’. During the opening, Rawan Kashkoush will, demonstrate the workings of placemaking and speak about how the workshop turned into a live-case study.
Monthly Cultural Talk
Cultural Pluralism: A Part of Globalization

Tuesday 27 February 2015 | Blue House 6:30 PM

Dr. Faisal Darraj and Dr. Jamal Shalabi talk about the problematic term ‘Globalization Culture’ which implies a dominating ‘superior’ culture and suggests vast cultural and human dialogue.
Emily Jacir: Workshop
محليّ/ local
2 - 14 February 2015 | at the Lab

Emily Jacir will be conducting a workshop at Darat al Funun from 2 – 14 February 2015 with seven of her students from the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah. The workshop will be the 4th segment of a three semester long course called “محليّ/ local” that Jacir has been teaching at the Academy. Places for the workshop have also been made available for artists based in Jordan.

The course excavates notions and definitions of the "local" and/or “محليّ” in Palestine. The idea of the “local”, which is prevalent in international discourse, cannot easily be applied to the current case of Palestine. In this course we consider both international and local discourses in relation to this concept and its formation. We will seek to articulate a new vision of what "the local" could mean in our contemporary condition as Palestinians. Students are expected to actively engage in the series of discussions, research, and personal projects. Work includes interviews, excursions, readings, and documentation for the formulation of our own definition of “محليّ”.
'Urban Stories: Amman'
Exhibition of 'Amman's Urban Furniture' workshop

17 - 28 February 2015 at the Lab

Resulting from a workshop held in December 2014 at ‘the Lab’, this exhibition displays photography and video surveys of instances of human interaction with Amman’s streets. Participants collected and respond to observations of human interactions with the city varying between visual content, mapping sidewalk interruptions, and tracking subjective ownership and possession patterns. The participants functioned as a cooperative with no output being the work of a single thinker, instead performing as a community, a consequence of successful placemaking.

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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