This exhibition explores the identity of Palestinians within Israel through the work of Kamal Aljafari, Aissa Deebi and Dor Guez. In 1948, when the State of Israel was established, some Palestinians were given the option of Israeli citizenship. “Today they make up 20 percent of the Israeli population but are still a minority that lives in a present state of oppression, recalling the physical and political displacement of the past,” says curator Noah Simblist, chair of the Meadows Division of Art. “These artists work at the bizarre intersection of nationalisms that the occupation of Palestine has produced.” Their work draws from their own personal histories as well as those of the regions in which they were raised. Kamal Aljafari’s The Roof (2006) is a cinematic memoir about Aljafari’s family members, who live in Ramleh and Jaffa, cities that have mixed Israeli and Palestinian populations.
Aissa Deebi’s The Trial (2013) was his contribution to the Palestinian pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. This two-channel video installation is based on the story of Daoud Turki, a Palestinian Communist who was put on trial by an Israeli court in 1973. Dor Guez’s Watermelons Under the Bed (2010) includes the story of his grandparents’ displacement in 1948. 40 Days includes a video and a series of photographs tied to Guez’s grandfather’s death and the desecration of the Christian Palestinian cemetery in Lod.
August 29 – September 26, 2014.
Hours are Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. : 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and
Sat. : 1 - 5 p.m.
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