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

Darat al Funun is 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 seven pivotal films which have influenced her and her practice, or which her work is in dialogue with. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time, in particular between Italy and Palestine.

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).

The series began with the screening of “Tel al Zaatar”(1977) and will continue with the following selection of films:

Hunger (2008; Steve McQueen)
The Dupes (Al makhdu’un) (1972; Tawfiq Saleh)
Salvatore Giuliano (1962; Francesco Rosi)
Battle of Algiers (1966; Gillo Pontecorvo)
Dead Man (1995; Jim Jarmusch)
Nostalgia for the Light (2010; Patricio Guzman)

Open Call for Participants
Art Workshop on Emily Jacir’s Exhibition


In collaboration with the British Council and as part of the “Nahnou/Together” program, Darat al Funun organises an art workshop for young people between the ages of 12 and 15, to take place every Saturday between 28 March 2015 and 18 April 2015, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. The workshop will engage participants with the works of Emily Jacir in her exhibition “A star is as far as the eye can see, and as near as my eye is to me”, and introduce them to the latest methods of artistic expression, highlighting contemporary techniques and approaches to art and arts criticism.

Those interested in participating in the workshop are asked to send their name, age, phone number, and a letter of intent to opencall@daratalfunun.org by Saturday 21, March 2015.


Artist Talk: Omar Attum
Sinai: Landscape and Nature in Egypt’s Wilderness

Tuesday 3 March 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Lab

Omar Attum will show photographs from his new book, Sinai: Landscape and Nature in Egypt’s Wilderness and discuss how to create a vision for desert photography. His presentation will cover techniques for showing emotion in landscape photography. Omar Attum is recipient of a Blue Earth Alliance Photographer Fellowship and his credits include Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and National Geographic Magazine to name a few. He is a visiting Fulbright Fellow in Jordan. The talk will be in English.
Film Screening: Hunger
A series of films selected by Emily Jacir

Tuesday 10 March 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Lab

‘Hunger’ (2008; Steve McQueen) chronicles the final months of Bobby Sands, in Belfast’s infamous Maze Prison, where fellow IRA inmates are refusing to wear standard prison-issue uniforms as a protest against Britain’s refusal to recognize them as “Political Prisoners”. With an epic eye for detail, this is the first feature film from artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen. As the protest fails to get results, Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), decides to take a different approach and begins a hunger strike until the IRA are recognized as a legitimate political organization.
Film Screening: The Dupes (Al makhdu’un)
A series of films selected by Emily Jacir

Tuesday 17 March 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Lab

‘The Dupes (Al makhdu’un)’ (1972; Tawfiq Saleh) is based on the 1962 novella Men in the Sun by slain Palestinian writer, artist, and resistance leader Ghassan Kanafani, and is one of the first Arab films to tackle the Palestinian issue. It is set in 1958, where three Palestinians meet in Basra, Iraq, on their way to Kuwait where they hope to make a living and survive after the Nakba of 1948. The three men, from different generations, represent different perspectives on the Palestine issue. With the films striking imagery and metaphors, Saleh, like Kanafani, criticizes the reactionary Arab states, consumerist Gulf oil countries, sterile diplomacy, and the brutal Zionist occupation.
Exhibition Opening: Nidal El Khairy
Tuesday 24 March 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Lab

Artist Nidal El Khairy opens an exhibition containing a series of illustrations and interpretations of the works of Syrian poet and playwright Mohammad Al Maghout. The opening will showcase the results of his residency at the Lab.
Monthly Cultural Talk:
The Status of Arab Literary Criticism

Tuesday 31 March 2015 | 6:30 PM at the Headquarters

In collaboration with the Association of Jordanian Critics, Darat al Funun’s cultural consultant Dr. Faisal Darraj leads a discussion on Arab literary criticism, its development, directions, and the influences of European criticism movements. The event welcomes Dr. Ghassan Abdelkhaleq, the Dean of the School of the Arts at Philadelphia University and Head of the Association of Jordanian Critics, as well as Dr. Nidal Alshamali, professor of Arabic language and literature, and Associate Dean of Princess Alia University College.

Exhibition: Nidal El Khairy
24 March - 10 April 2015

Using visual and poetic means, including silk screen prints, paintings, ink on paper, and murals, Nidal El Khairy’s exhibition promises to engage the audience with one of the most critical voices in the region, that of Syrian poet and playwright Mohammad Al Maghout. El Khairy is an artist whose work comprises mainly of editorial illustrations and images for use in grassroots initiatives and campaigns aimed to achieve social justice.
Exhibition: 51 x 51
Photos from Gaza by Artist Shareef Sarhan

21-31 March 2015 at the Archaeological Site
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 21 March at 5:00 pm
Artist Talk at 6:00 PM

As part of the ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’, Palestinian artist Shareef Sarhan will open an exhibition of his work comprising of 51 photographs taken over the 51 days of Israeli offensive against Gaza during the summer of 2014. The work documents the aggression through the eyes of Sarhan and hundreds of thousands of inhabitants in Gaza. Following the opening, the artist will speak about his work and artistic ambitions.

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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