Darat al Funun

14 September – 31 December 2021

Welcome back, friends and artists,

Cultural institutions are now allowed to reopen in Jordan under strict safety measures after 16 months of closure, during which we launched an online program of activities and artists residencies.

In a soft reopening of our spaces, we are extending the preceding exhibitions that we had to close untimely due to the pandemic. The exhibitions feature artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke's Das Kapital and artist Raed Ibrahim's A Camel in the Room, which question the unsettling political, social, and economic conditions of our world in crisis.

We are showcasing works from The Khalid Shoman Collection, artist Rula Halawani's Negative Incursions, a series of negatives of photographs taken during the 2002 Israeli occupying forces incursions in the Palestinian Territories, repeatedly occurring to the present day, and artist Wael Shawky's 2006 video film Al Aqsa Park, symbolizing the precarious situation of Jerusalem.

We simultaneously pursue our online activities by introducing artist Haitham Ennasr's Online project Nothing Old, Nothing New, consisting of a collection of experimental interactive video games installed onsite, drawings, text, and objects developed over six years. Ennasr's project plays on the relationship between capitalism, colonialism, landscape depictions, real estate development, and folklore, reappropriating them to envision a revolutionary utopia.

The Darat al Funun’s Online Summer Academy Part II, titled Witnessing and Worldbuilding in the Wake, and our public program continue as scheduled during September, facilitated by the Darat al Funun 2021 fellow Kareem Estefan, Ph.D. Candidate at Brown University.

Darat al Funun opens its doors to the public from 12 PM-7 PM, Saturday till Thursday.

Images: Haitham Ennasr, Tabula Rasa, 2017. Rula Halawani, Negative Incursion series, 2002. Wael Shawky Al Aqsa Park, 2006. Raed Ibrahim, A Camel in the Room, 2020. Nadia Kaabi-Linke Das Capital-Epilogue, 2020.