Two artists, Moroccan and Algerian, create drawings that “stigmatize the madness of modern man, adding an emotional dimension to a decidedly dark and caustic world.”
The Jerusalem Fund has received a legacy from the late Professor Emeritus Brian Peter Johnston of Carnegie Mellon University, comprising 16 Orientalist prints, 14 of which are by David Roberts.
Gallery Al-Quds presented a new form of “virtual reality”—the reality of Palestine interpreted by artists in short and long-form videos and slide shows. Several Gaza artists have contributed films and images difficult for them to share outside its borders. Other artists created mini documentaries, metaphysical musings, hopeful fictions and painterly images of a reality that sometimes only they can see.
“Responding to an Iraq he finds unrecognizable, this figurative artist turns to still lifes painted as snapshots of life in the absence of figures, resulting in partial views of brooding environments. Yet the blossoms and leaves of Shayota’s floral bouquets reach toward the edges of paintings, refusing to submit.”
A collection of photographic night raid images was exhibited at Gallery Al-Quds September 30- October 14, 2016 providing a context for Israeli military night raids regularly performed in the village of Bil’in in the West Bank. The American Friends Service Committee initiated and produced Night Raid collaboration with the “Israeli Detention: No Way to Treat a Child Campaign.” Photojournalist Richard Cahan curated the exhibition.
Artists from the United States and abroad create work in all media exploring the concept of artists’ responses to various forms of censorship or political pressure specific to artistic production. The show takes its name from a 1980 Israeli law forbidding artwork of “political significance,” which banned art composed of the four colors of the Palestinian flag: red, green, white, and black. Palestinians were arrested for creating or displaying such artwork. The ban was lifted after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
The Nakba Museum began as the Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope, a series of travelling exhibits presented throughout the United States. It is comprised of artwork, photography, oral history, and graphs. All artwork is made by Palestinians living in the West Bank.
“Growing up in a garden of flowers … literally, as a child I was fascinated, taken by its diversity in shape and color, and feasted my eyes and never ignored…. As a photographer I always carried my camera with me and always on the lookout for flowers. No matter what assignments I had I always noticed the flower everywhere.