Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tarek Al-Ghoussein

At Al-Ma'mal (Old City) an exhibition of photographs by Tarek Al-Ghoussein

At Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, New Gate, Old City, Jerusalem a exhibition by Palestinian-Kuwaiti photographer Tarek Al-Ghoussein titled "In Absentia". The show represents an interesting glimpse on how Contemporary Art in East Jerusalem can be sponsored. Instead of relying on the budgets for cultural activities of local Western diplomatic missions, this time you have 'The Third Line", a Dubai gallery, the Sharjah Foundation (UAE) and ( ok, it weakens my argument) Ford Foundation.

As the leaflet of Al-Ma'mal points out: "Tarek Al-Ghoussein's work exposes an identity shaped by a context of inaccessibility and loss, his fabricated landscapes providing a foil for the experience of exile. In many of his works the artist is dwarfed by a vast desert landscape, reconstructing allegories for the obstacles, barricades and walls erected in the Occupied Territories."


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