Darat al Funun’s the Lab opens its doors for an open studio of works in progress done by participants of Emily Jacir’s workshop “محليّ/ local, mahalee/لوكل”. Throughout the workshop, held from 2-14 February at the Lab, participants met with guest artists and lecturers such as Abdul Hay Mosallam, Rami Daher, Monica Maurer, and more. The open day features the work by seven of Emily’s students from the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah, as well as work from five local participants.
About the workshop:
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”.