Palestinian Artist Jacir Awarded the Golden Lion in Venice | babelmed
Palestinian Artist Jacir Awarded the Golden Lion in Venice Print
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The Venice Biennale, the most visited Italian art event has held its 52nd Awarding Ceremony on the 17th of October. The event was chaired by Davide Croff. More than 300 international guests from the national participations and the collateral events, artists and professionals have attended the event. For the first time ever, the awarding ceremony has been organised a month before the closing date of the exhibition, which has been Italy’s most visited art event, with more than 232,000 visitors in about 100 opening days.
Palestinian Artist Jacir Awarded the Golden Lion in Venice | babelmed
While the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has been assigned by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia to the artist Malick Sidibé (Soloba, Mali, 1936) at the Giardini della Biennale on June 10th, on the occasion of the official opening to the public, the International Jury, proposed by the 52nd International Art Exhibition Robert Storr and formed by Manuel J. Borja-Villel (president), Iwona Blazwick, Ilaria Bonacossa, Abdellah Karroum, and José Roca has assigned four Golden Lions and two Honourable Mentions.

The Golden Lion
The Golden Lion to an artist under 40 exhibited in the central international exhibition or in the national participations was awarded to Palestinian artist Emily Jacir. The Jury laudatio was the following: “The award for an artist under 40 is given for a practice that takes as its subject exile in general and the Palestinian issue in particular. Without recourse to exoticism, the work on display in the central Pavilion at the Giardini establishes and expands a crossover between cinema, archival documentation, narrative and sound. The Golden Lion to an artist under 40 overall, is given to Emily Jacir.”

“Material for a film”

Jacir's "Material for a film" retraces Palestinian cultural figure Wael Zuaiter, who was the first of a series of Palestinian intellectuals and artists who were assassinated by Israeli agents in Europe. Zuaiter was murdered outside of his Rome apartment in 1972.

Jacir has written on her work, "In 1979, Zuaiter's companion of eight years, Sydney-born artist Janet Venn-Brown published For a Palestinian: A Memorial to Wael Zuaiter. One chapter, titled 'Material for a film' by Elio Petri and Ugo Pirro, is comprised of a series of interviews conducted with the people who were part of Zuaiter's life in Italy, including Venn-Brown herself. They were going to make a film, but Petri died shortly afterwards and the film was never realized. This chapter was the point of departure for my project."

Jacir's "Material for a film" follows the traces of Palestinian cultural figure Wael Zuaiter murdered outside of his Rome apartment in 1972. He was the first of a series of Palestinian intellectuals and artists who were assassinated by Israeli agents in Europe.

(23/10/2007)

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