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RAMADAN IS COMING TO TOWN!
Proud To be part of this show: a preview of The Map is Not the Territory at P21 in London
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.
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
Dear MAP artists, contributors and friends,
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:
Painting by Helen Zughaib©
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.
THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY: SEE THE WHOLE SHOW ON LINE, HERE IS THE LINK TO THE GALLERY:
Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, May 8-June 22, 2014
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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.
THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY:
Parallel Paths: Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish
May 8, 2014 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Free to the public, contributions welcome
Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90035
Between La Cienega & Fairfax
“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.