Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Exhibition until 30 April 2014.

HIWAR | Conversations in Amman is an exhibition, residencies, and talks program organized by Darat al Funun and curated by Adriano Pedrosa to celebrate 25 years of support for the arts. HIWAR (meaning conversation in Arabic) brought 14 artists from the Arab world, Africa, Asia, and Latin America to Amman for residencies in September and October 2013, culminating in an exhibition that opened on 9 November 2013.

HIWAR was born out of the necessity to promote exchanges between artists from the margins, not solely by juxtaposing their works in an exhibition or publication format, but also by giving them the possibility to learn from each other's practices and experiences. Large-scale exhibitions and biennales have brought together works from different regions beyond Euroamerica, yet often artists do not have a chance to immerse themselves in this exchange.

HIWAR proposed a more intense format, with a small number of artists that spent a month in Amman in two sessions (in September and in October 2013). The focus was to develop conversations between the participants, who each presented and discussed their work and context with their colleagues during the residencies, in the lead up to the exhibition. The conversations were led by Adriano Pedrosa, curator of HIWAR, and Eline van der Vlist, artistic director of Darat al Funun. Avoided here was the format of the artist being invited to conduct a residency in order to make new work in response to the new locale in which s/he finds him or herself. The core was to learn in and from Amman—as well as from Beirut, Cairo, Cuzco, Hanoi, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Luanda, Manila, Mumbai, Ramallah, Recife, and São Paulo.

There is no all encompassing theme or concept linking all the artists and their works in HIWAR beyond the artist's geo-cultural origins and positions (shifting as these may be). Yet, such positions are also somehow loaded and revealing. One could think along the lines of the Argentine semiotician Walter Mignolo, I Am Where I Think.

A publication will be published later in 2014, not only to document the exhibition, but also to record some of the conversations and reflections emerging from HIWAR.

Asli Çavuşoğlu (Istanbul, 1982); Asunción Molinos Gordo (Aranda de Duero, Spain, 1979); Bisan Abu-Eisheh (Jerusalem, 1985); Clara Ianni (São Paulo, 1987); Daniela Ortiz (Arequipa, Peru, 1985); Hemali Bhuta (Mumbai, 1978); Jonathas de Andrade (Maceió, Brazil, 1982); Kiluanji Kia Henda (Luanda, 1979); Maria Taniguchi (Dumaguete City, the Philippines, 1981); Nguyên Phuong Linh (Hanoi, 1985); Rayyane Tabet (Ashqout, Lebanon, 1983); Saba Innab (Kuwait, 1980, Jordanian); Shuruq Harb (Ramallah, 1980); and Thabiso Sekgala (Zaf, South Africa, 1981).

The exhibition also features works from The Khalid Shoman Collection by Abdul Hay Mosallam, Ahlam Shibli, Ahmad Nawash, Akram Zaatari, Amal Kenawy, Emily Jacir, Etel Adnan, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Hrair Sarkissian, Mona Hatoum, Mona Saudi, Mounir Fatmi, Nicola Saig, Rachid Koraïchi, and Walid Raad.
Darat al Funun Music Workshop
Led by Tareq al Jundi and Nasser Salameh

February-June 2014

Last month, the Darat al Funun music workshop kicked off, led by Jordanian musicians Tareq al Jundi and Nasser Salameh, with the participation of young musicians. The workshop aims to improve the musicians' and singers' skills, to enable reading and writing of musical notes, to improve musical harmony when working in a team, to be able to lead a band, and to improvise. The final outcome of the workshop is a live concert at Darat al Funun in June presenting instruments and songs that reflect our realities and introduces our composers, with the contribution of all participants to reflect their skills and their own individual performances within the band.

Short Films: Stories from the City [1]
Selected by film critic Yazan Ashqar
Tuesday 1 April 2014
Blue House, 6:30 pm

This selected collection of short fiction films presents stories of society within the city, focusing on the nature of the city and its relation with political and social incidences. The selection includes, among other films: "The Little Girl who Sold the Sun" by Djibril Diop from Senegal, and "The Bread and Alley" by Abbas Kiarostami from Iran.

Artist Talk: Asunción Molinos Gordo
Tuesday 8 April 2014
Beit al Beiruti, 6:30 pm

Spanish artist Asunción Molinos Gordo will talk about her installation for HIWAR, The peasant has a hoe (2013), as well as her inspirations and influences, as part of a series of talks by several HIWAR residency artists. The talk will be in English.

Asunción Molinos Gordo (1979 Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Spain) currently lives and works in Muscat, Oman. Her work has been shown in Spain, the UK, Jordan and Egypt at venues including La Casa Encendida, Museo Patio Herreriano, CAB, La Fábrica, The Townhouse Gallery and Darat al Funun.

Short Films: Stories from the City [2]
Selected by film critic Yazan Ashqar
Tuesday 15 April 2014
Blue House, 6:30 pm

This second selection of short documentary films presents cinematic examples that deal with the influence of the city during social and political transformations. The selection includes among other films: "A Plate of Sardines" by Omar Amiralay from Syria.

Monthly Cultural Talk
Abdul Rahman Munif Remembered

Tuesday 22 April 2014
Main Building, 6:30 pm

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary since the passing of critically acclaimed novelist Abdul Rahman Munif, Darat al Funun's cultural consultant Dr. Faisal Darraj will be in conversation with the author's wife Suad Qawadri, and Jordanian novelist and publisher Elias Farkouh. Abdul Rahman Munif created a richly imaginative body of work, and promoted a new genre of fiction reflecting the social, political, and economic realities of modern Arab society. The talk will be in Arabic.

HIWAR Closing Celebration
Followed by a Concert by Tariq Al Jundi

Tuesday 29 April 2014
Archaeological Site, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

2013 marked our celebration of 25 years of support for the arts. This event has been manifested by the exhibition HIWAR | Conversations in Amman, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, which closes at the end of this month. 2013 also saw the launch of the book Arab Art Histories, The Khalid Shoman Collection, bringing together the voices of artists, architects, curators, art critics, and scholars to reflect on The Khalid Shoman Collection. In addition, filmmaker Lucy Lyon made the documentary film 'Darat al Funun', revealing the story of our home for the arts. This evening we will celebrate these three milestones, led by Dr. Faisal Darraj, Ahmad Zatari, and Eline van der Vlist, including the first showing of the film in the presence of the filmmaker. The evening will conclude with a concert by Jordanian musician Tariq Al Jundi.

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.

The book's review in the Jordan Times can be found here
Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce the two recipients of the Darat al Funun Dissertation Fellowship for Modern and Contemporary Arab art 2014 – 2015. They are: Edward McDonald-Toone, Ph.D candidate at University College London, whose research is focused on the role of exhibitions in the reception of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world since the late 1990s; and Bahar Majdzadeh, Ph.D candidate at the Sorbonne University in Paris, whose research is about the situation of contemporary art in the region faced with socio-political challenges, looking at the meaning of collective memory and public space through arts and technologies in the political context.
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