Art show tells global tales of dispossession and exile – THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

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Boston Palestine film Festival

The Boston Palestine Film Festival
cordially invites you to the gala opening of
 
Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish 
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 17, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm
41 Second Street
East Cambridge, MA 02141
 Thirty-nine contemporary artists (see list below) from around the world–

most of them Palestinian, Native American, and Irish–

explore the shared historical and contemporary paths of the three cultures

with 68 original works, including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings,

artist books, and films.

Conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter, 

the exhibition is traveling throughout the United States and abroad

on a five-year tour.

 

INVITED ARTISTS, PLEASE TAKE NOTE

We would love to have as many of the participating artists present at the Opening Reception as possible. If you are a participating artist and plan to attend, kindly let us know in advance, and if so, if you would be willing to say a few words to guests about the exhibit and what it means to you, as well as sign exhibit catalogues.

R.S.V.P.: Michael Maria, Operations Director

michael@bostonpalestinefilmfest.org
The favor of a reply is requested by August 25, 2015

Learn more about:

The Map Is Not the Territory

The Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

*”The Map is Not the Territory” was coined by philosopher/scientist Alfred Korzybski.

Participating Artists 
 
6+: A WOMEN’S ART COLLECTIVE
JOHN HALAKA
NADEMA AGARD
MICHELE HORRIGAN
NORMAN AKERS
ANDREW ELLIS JOHNSON
FATIN Al-TAMIMI & LISAMARIE JOHNSON
MICHAEL KEATING
NEAL AMBROSE-SMITH
TOM QUINN KUMPF
RAWAN ARAR
JANE MCMAHAN
SCOTT BENESIINAABANDAN
ALAN MONTGOMERY
CLAUDIA BORGNA
MALAQUIAS MONTOYA
RAJIE COOK
MICK O’KELLY
WAHSONTIIO CROSS
VIVIEN SANSOUR
MANAL DEEB
DONNA SCHINDLER
RITA DUFFY
SUSANNE SLAVICK
MATTHEW EGAN
JAUNE QUICK-TO-SEE SMITH
MONA EL-BAYOUMI
MARY TUMA
MICHAEL ELIZONDO, JR.
KERRY VANDER MEER
NAJAT EL-TAJI EL-KHAIRY
SHERRY WIGGINS
PHOEBE FARRIS
MELANIE YAZZIE
ELENA FARSAKH
HELEN ZUGHAIB
NAJIB JOE HAKIM
HANI ZUROB
RULA HALAWANI

Now Available The Exhibition Catalogue for “The Map is Not the Territory”‏

2a04c5c3-44a7-4c05-a9fc-14b57bf5b2adAs the show is attracting and receiving more and more attentions I’d like to share few links as well as announce the exhibition catalogue. available on Amazon.

To learn more about the exhibit, visit our website here

http://islamicartsmagazine.com/magazine/view/p21_gallery_presents_the_map_is_not_the_territory/

http://www.iainbiggs.co.uk/2015/06/considerations-of-the-map-is-not-the-territory-an-essay/

The Map is Not the Territory” looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation and colonization. Although many peoples worldwide have suffered long and often brutal intrusions, Palestinians, Native Americans and the Irish have intersected for centuries in specific and often unusual ways. What are some of these intersections and how do contemporary artists examine and process them through their own lives and visions?The artists and writers — most of them Palestinian, Native American and Irish — explore the many profound connections between these three groups across centuries of conflict and resistance in this enlightening and revolutionary exhibition conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter.

The Map is Not the Territory” will tour through 2018. To follow the show’s progress from Washington D.C. to London and beyond, check out our calendar.

Responses to the Catalogue“Given the current climate around the Middle East, and especially around Israel’s predations in Palestine, few in the world of the arts have had the courage to approach the subject, or the intelligence to approach it reasonably. This exhibition and publication make amends for such omissions, and do so with fierce integrity.” — LUCY R. LIPPARD, writer, art critic, activist and curator, author most recently of Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West

“The Map is Not the Territory” is a phenomenal project … a terrific collection of words and images. The connections among Natives, Palestinians and Irish are both fruitful and under explored, so this show will go a long way in addressing a deficit in transnational exploration of the communities who withstood colonization. I feel profoundly enriched having engaged the creativity of these artists. — STEVEN SALAITA, scholar, writer and public speaker, author ofThe Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan

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Ramadan is coming soon At the Arab british centre

Arab British Centre

RAMADAN IS COMING TO TOWN!

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R amadan Night
This evening will revive old Ramadan traditions from the Arab and Muslim world. Arts Canteen will gather musicians, poets and story tellers for a magical evening.
Saturday 20 June, 9pm @Rich Mix |£12 -£15
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T he MapIs Not the Territory
This exhibition looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonisation.
12 June- 25 July @P21 Gallery |Free
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PALMUSIC UK Concert
An evening of Western Classical and Arabic Music with Palestinian and British musicians   dedicated to the students and teachers of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine.
Thursday 25 June, 7:30 pm @St James’ Church | £70- £40-£25-£15
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B E F estival: MOUVMA! Collectif Corps Citoyen (Tunisia/Italy) 30 min
Three actors take us back to the beginning of the Arab Spring in Tunisia. Torn between a desire to witness change and a desire to escape the chaos, a time of anger, dignity, and dull helplessness.
June 27, 7pm, @The Studio, Birmingham| £12-£22

Proud To be part of this show: a preview of The Map is Not the Territory at P21 in London

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The Map is not the territory now showing in London at P21 Gallery

I am very honoured to announce that the Itinerant show curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagnar Painter is showing at P21 Gallery in London.

P21 gallery presents The Map is Not the Territory, looking at the relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization – not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. To understand history is the first step toward peace.

Press-release: http://www.p21.org.uk/AboutTheMapisNottheTerritory.aspx

The Exhibition continue 12 June 2015 – 25 July 2015 | Open Tuesday – Friday 12 – 6pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm, Wednesdays until 8pm

Location: 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD | Nearest underground: King’s Cross/St. Pancras and Euston Station | Tel: 020 7121 6190 | Web: p21.org.uk

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Helen Zughaib

Surfing through WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE ~ Poems, Short Prose & Art I just could not resist to ask permission to Jennifer Heath, curator of the show Water Water Everywhere Pean to a Vanishing Resource, and to artist Helen Zughaib to include this beautiful artwork to my blog:

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Painting by Helen Zughaib©

Moonlight Fishing

A recollection of days gone by before Kuwait struck it rich with oil. Pearl diving is now just a highly respected folkloric celebration to remind the younger generation of the old days. Moonlight Fishing is a paean to a vanished tradition, a vanished resource.

Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art. She received her BFA from Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts. She paints using gouache and ink on board, transforming her subjects into a combination of colors and patterns, creating a nontraditional sense of space and perspective.

Zughaib has exhibited widely in New York and the Washington D.C. area. Her paintings are included in more than 80 private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, United States Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Most recently, she served as United States Cultural Envoy to the West Bank, Palestine.

Zughaib feels that her background in the Middle East allows her to approach the experiences she has in the U.S. in a unique way, remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures. She believes that the arts are one of the most important tools we have to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas about the Middle East.

Hopefulness, healing, and spirituality, are all themes that are woven into her work.

Moonlight Fishing, 24 x 24, gouache on board, collection of Russ Conlan and Doug Hansen.

http://www.levantinecenter.org/arts/artists/map-not-territory-parallel-lives-palestinians-native-americans-irish

 

 

 

 

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https://www.facebook.com/TheMapIsNotTheTerritory

https://independent.academia.edu/JenniferHeath/Posts

http://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/map-not-territory-parallel-paths-palestinians-native-americans-irish

http://blog.thejerusalemfund.org/2013/08/meet-artists-from-map-show.html 

 

Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, May 8-June 22, 2014

COMMENTS

* Amazing and profound. Great works and terrific idea. “Parallel Paths” displays and exposes not just the history of Palestinians, Native Americans & Irish, but also the history of human suffering & conditioning, from displacement to abandonment (?) to oppression. This exhibit is an opportunity for all & everyone to open their eyes to the horrors in our history & open theirs hearts & minds to bring those to an end.

–Unsigned

* A beautiful, profound, enlightening and moving exhibition. The links are delicately yet clearly drawn. The texts are (?) research and written and the artworks are richly varied and (?). I smiled much more than I expected to! I am Irish-American, so I was especially struck by Irish History Lesson 1 & 2, which evoke some of what “Irishness” feels like to me. “Flying Lesson #7 is sheer, surprising joy. An amazing exhibition.

—Signature unreadable

* As someone interested in history, seeing a real Palestinian passport issued by the British was amazing and of course sad. I wish I knew what happened to the owner of the passport and their families.

–Arielle Ziarty

 

The Map is not the territory in Los Angeles

http://www.levantinecenter.org/arts/artists/map-not-territory-parallel-lives-palestinians-native-americans-irish

Dear all,

Please join us to “The Map is not the Territory”, a nomadic group exhibition curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagmar Painter now passing through L.A.

Many artists, including my self, are participating to this poignant investigation of the experience and concept of territory. For more info please see details below. Do pop by if you can and spread the word to the world.

Thank you

Claudia

https://www.facebook.com/TheMapIsNotTheTerritory
https://independent.academia.edu/JenniferHeath/Posts
http://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/map-not-territory-parallel-paths-palestinians-native-americans-irish
http://blog.thejerusalemfund.org/2013/08/meet-artists-from-map-show.html

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THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY:

Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish

Date/Time:
May 8, 2014 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Price:
Free to the public, contributions welcome
Where:
Inside/Outside Gallery
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
street parking

“The map is not the territory,” a phrase coined by Alfred Korzybski, is the lesser-known counterpart to Magritte’s charming “This is not a pipe.” Unlike “This is not a pipe”–an image that has been rendered safe by multiple reproductions and parodies, by now of little relevance unless you are an Art History major–the phrase “the map is not the territory” is charged with political and cultural meaning of the most subversive sort. This meaning inspires the upcoming exhibit at the Inside/Outside Gallery, conceived by by Jennifer Heath and co-curated by Heath and Dagmar Painter.

 

One land, divided by walls and nomenclature like “annexed,” “territory,” “Manifest Destiny,” until it is in bloody fragments. One people, divided by one thing, and then another, until they can barely recognize their own kin. Like blown dandelion seeds, people venturing out from their homeland, only to find themselves always looking backwards, and wondering how to retrace their steps. Such are the images and anxieties at the heart of The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish.

 

In 66 works by 39 artists, The Map Is Not the Territory looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization–not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. Although many peoples worldwide have suffered long and often brutal intrusions, Palestinians, Native Americans and the Irish have intersected for centuries in specific and often unusual ways. What are some of these intersections and how do contemporary artists examine and process them through their own lives and visions? The Map Is Not the Territory opened in 2013 at The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, D.C.–the first stop for this five-year traveling art exhibition, 2013-2018. See a Washington Post review of the show.

 

These artists explore the profound specific and unusual intersections between the three cultures with original paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, artist books, and films. They consider such topics as conflict, resistance, land, food, diaspora, identity, and persistence. The show is comprised of sixty-four unframed works on paper (and two media pieces). Most of the artists are Palestinian, Native American, and Irish and include leading artists with international reputations, such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Hani Zurob and Rita Duffy. Eight brief wall texts provide the threads to each culture’s struggles for human and civil rights.