The Subject of Palestine

  The Subject of Palestine Resistance is the Palestinian response to the tragedy known as the Nakbah, when in 1948, statehood was lost to Israeli occupation. Scattered by war and its negative effects, the majority of Palestinians are refugees or exiles bound together by the trauma of their history.

Thus, tragedy and resistance permeate Palestinian national life and are the primary subject matter of Palestinian art. In the years leading up to and including the first Intifada, Palestinian art was primarily an art of liberation growing with the groundswell for freedom. At the turn of this century, Palestinian art has followed two main trends, internal and external, with the subject of Palestine remaining constant as its content.

This exhibit features works of the liberation artists, who direct their discourse to their own population. Also included are pieces from the explicatory artists who carry the message of Palestine to the outside world.

Featuring works by: Abdel Naser Amer, Tayseer Barakat, Rajie Cook, Rula Halawani, Mustafa Hallaj, Zahed Harash, Jawad Ibrahim, Abdel Rahman al Mozayen, Mary Tuma Adnaan Yayha, Adnaan Zbeidi

Guest curator Samia Halaby is an artist and writer. Born in Jerusalem, she has studied and taught at several American universities and her work is included in numerous public and private collections. She has curated distinguished contemporary art exhibitions and published books and articles on contemporary art, including Liberation Art of Palestine (2003). She lives and works in New York City.

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