13 May - 9 October 2014
Main Building and Blue House

"...Camels, like sheep, were once revered as a store of wealth, a divine gift. A caravan of camels made even the most inhospitable of climates negotiable by offering shelter and security. In Palestine such caravans are a thing of the past. The nomadic Negev Bedouin are all but extinct, forced into prefabricated urban dwellings. Caravans today are little more than the name we give to shipping containers whose circulation ends permanently as settlements and offices in the West Bank construction sites."
- Artist statement

Nida Sinnokrot is an artist and filmmaker of Palestinian origin, who employs a variety of mediums to transform ordinary objects or actions into sensory experiences that reveal a complexity of form and perception trapped within the mundane. His films, installations, and sculptures often explore notions of time and space in a phenomenological investigation of Diaspora consciousness. 'Caravans' is Sinnokrot's first solo exhibition in the region.

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13 May - 9 October 2014
Beit al Beiruti

Featuring over 200 photographs from various archives of photography studios in Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt, In And Out Of The Studio showcases a selection of landscapes, architecture, and studio portraits from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. The images shown on the top floor of the Beit al Beiruti pay tribute to a shared heritage of photographic studio practice that can be traced back to a generation of Armenian photographers coming out of Constantinople and some of the cities in Anatolia at the end of the 19th century. The second part of the exhibition focuses on Jordanian studio photography from the 1920s to the end of the 1960s.

This exhibition was put together by Joseph E. Malikian, Ph.D, and Hrair Sarkissian, with images from The Middle East and Armenian Photograph Archive, The Malikian Collection, and from various collections held by the Arab Image Foundation.
The Lab at Darat al Funun is an experimental space encouraging creative exploration by artists and curators from various disciplines. The Lab is now offering its space and is accepting proposals to work, produce, or curate innovative art projects and/or organize a series of talks, workshops, or film screenings. This call is open to artists, filmmakers, designers, architects, performers, curators, and all creative minds.

Guidelines for Submission:
Please e-mail your application in English or Arabic to opencall@daratalfunun.org, and include the following items:

(1) Your name/address/contact details (if a group, please identify the main contact person).
(2) Clear description of your proposal (approximately 500-1,000 words; you can add sketches and/or images if needed).
(3) A production plan outline, estimated budget, and timeline. We will assist with any installation and de-installation, and you may use available equipment and materials. We will discuss this with you in more detail if your project is chosen. Our only expectation is that projects run for 4-6 weeks.
(4) Please also mention your background and motivation.

For projects starting in January 2015, the deadline for applications is 15 November 2014.
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.

Another Nightmare Explodes
An audio-visual literary musical performance

Tuesday 9 September 2014
Archaeological Site 7:30pm

"Another Nightmare Explodes" is an experimental performance involving literature, music, spoken word, and video art. It is an attempt to confront the modern world in the form of an audio-visual, literary, musical encounter, where Hisham Bustani presents along with Kaz Al Omam (Ahmad Shehadeh) and Al Mostanqa3 (Bashar Suleiman), with visual suggestions from Mohammad Shahrour, featuring Ghassan Abu Haltam on the clarinet, and Za'ed Na'es.
Film Screening: Close Up
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Archaeological Site 7:30pm

Continuing a series of screenings selected by film critic Yazan Ashqar, 'Close-Up' (1990; dir. Abbas Kiarostami) is based on the real-life story of a man on trial for impersonating film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and convincing a family that he is directing a new movie at their place.
Film Screening: The Music Room
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Archaeological Site 7:30pm

Selected by film critic Yazan Ashqar, The Music Room (1958) directed by Bengali Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the collapse of aristocratic life around the popular actor Chabi Biswas who is desperately clinging to a fading way of life.
Monthly Cultural Talk
20 years in memory of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
Book Launch: "Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: Faces of the Romantic Intellect"

Tuesday 30 September 2014
Blue House 7:00pm

Jabra Ibrahim Jabra offered a comprehensive image of the Modern Arab intellect by writing novels and short stories, art critiques, essays and translations. He worked to promote modern theories both within and outside of literature. This year, Darat al Funun celebrates Jabra's legacy 20 years after his passing with a talk presented by Dr. Faisal Darraj, cultural consultant of Darat al Funun. Dr. Darraj is the author of "Jabra Ibrahim Jabra: Faces of the Romantic Intellect" produced by Darat al Funun, which will be launched during the talk.

Emily Jacir select works from 1998-2014
Opening on Tuesday 4 November 2014 from 6-9pm

The 2015-16 Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship for the Study of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World

Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the open call for its 2015-16 dissertation fellowship. The fellowship was established in 2011 to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world. The fellowship provides financial support of up to ten thousand US dollars to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. One to three fellowships will be granted each year. The fellowship duration can range from 4-10 months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan.

Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun's cultural and artistic activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five to seven page research report that will be made available on Darat al Funun's website.

Fellowship funding is intended to compensate all travel and stipend expenses. Darat al Funun will in addition provide housing and office space. Fellows are responsible for their own health insurance.

Darat al Funun is a home for the arts and artists from the Arab world. we organize exhibitions, talks, film screenings and educational programs, host performances and concerts, offer artist residencies, and publishe books and catalogues. we also house an arts library with Arabic and English sources and an archive that includes video and photographic documentation of Darat al Funun's activities and files on Arab artists. In addition, Darat al Funun hosts the Khalid Shoman Collection. For more information, see www.daratalfunun.org. For specific questions about the fellowship contact fellowship@daratalfunun.org

Applications are welcome in Arabic or English by 15 November 2014 with notice of award by 15 March 2015. Applicants should send a research proposal, also specifying their desired period of stay during the academic year 2015-16, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, C.V., and official transcript. Priority will be given to proposals that indicate the role of Darat al Funun's archive. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy by the start of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from students enrolled in any university worldwide.

Application materials should either be emailed (in PDF or Word format, with each document clearly labelled with your name) to fellowship@daratalfunun.org

or mailed to:

Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship
Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation
P.O. Box 5223
Amman, Jordan 11183

Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation

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