In Ramallah, Running Guy Mannes-Abbott
babelmed - 12/07/2012
In Ramallah, Running, writer, essayist and critic Guy Mannes-Abbott represents his unique encounter with Palestine. The book features interweaving short, condensed texts with longer, exploratory essays. International artists and prominent writers have responded to the texts with newly commissioned works.
The book was published last July 2012. In order to celebrate this recent launch, the Mosaic Rooms, London (www.mosaicrooms.org) are hosting a discussion with a panel of special guests led by the author Guy Mannes-Abbott on Thursday the 25th of October at 7pm.
"I read it in one breath. A cunning simplicity of writing the complexity of today’s Palestine, through the alleys, roads, streets, hills, valleys, days and evenings in and around Ramallah, charged me with love of the art of writing, of Palestine... You showed me my place and made me hear my story. I loved the piece without limits."
Mourid Barghouti, Palestinian Poet and author of classics memoirs; I Saw Ramallah & I Was Born There, I Was Born Here.
The principal text is a series in 14 parts, alternating running within the limits of the city and walking out from it to, along, beyond and off limits, discovering how insidiously mobile those limits are under Occupation. With singular style and compelling force, Mannes-Abbott generates a very special intimacy with an alternatively seen or experienced Palestine; the actual place itself, the people in their place.
Jean Fisher contributes a substantial introductory essay, while the poet and critic Najwan Darwish and novelist Adania Shibli have written further captivating responses. Visual contributions include a project linked to a pair of paintings by Francis Alÿs, drawings of stoney aridity with ambiguous structures by Paul Noble, and a searingly intimate journal-based piece by Emily Jacir.
Jananne al-Ani, Khalil Rabah and Mark Titchner contribute varying photography-based projects focused on the place and its relationship to the body and word. Olaf Nicolai contributes an angular text-based project and Sharif Waked highlights the abysmal ambiguities of the political context.
Edited by Guy Mannes-Abbott and Samar Martha
Introduction by Jean Fisher
Contributions from Jananne al-Ani, Francis Alÿs, Najwan Darwish, Emily Jacir, Olaf Nicolai, Paul Noble, Khalil Rabah, Adania Shibli, Mark Titchner, Sharif Waked.
Co-produced by ArtSchool Palestine & Sharjah Art Foundation
Black Dog Publishers.
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