“Emad Burnat is a Palestinian farmer who lives with his wife and four small children in the village of Bil’in in the central West Bank. Teamed with Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, the two men document Burnat’s experiences with his neighbors, the…
My works are characterised by an abstract modernism, using various media, such as oil-based inks, graphite, charcoal and special chalks. The use of mixed media in the work is not superficial but the result of different interests and influences. My particular interest in the art of the print originates in its resemblance to the random, spontaneous drawings on old windows and doors. I combine vertical and horizontal lines to divide the work into different parts, ending with an external square or rectangular frame. I seek to break the traditional, strictly architectural frame to achieve a free, abstract border, drawing inspiration from a variety of eastern symbols and patterns used in embroidery, rugs and other Arab arts.
June 22, 2012, Jadaliyya - In 2001, Samia Halaby independently published Liberation Art of Palestine, a detailed study of Palestinian art during the second half of the twentieth century. The first of its kind, Liberation Art is an English-language book that is based on dozens of interviews with artists who were integral to a movement that remains embedded in Palestinian visual culture. Halaby’s recognition of this specific school and her outlining of its creative parameters have been indispensable to the documentation of Palestinian art while indirectly providing a template for how the history of modern and contemporary Arab art should be considered—a history that has never been divorced from the political….continue at Jadaliyya
Born during the last years of Ottoman rule, Amal al-Atrash, the daughter of a notable Druze family from southern Syria, improbably rose to fame as one of the most popular and controversial signer-celebrities of interwar Cairo. As a performer, she dazzled and sometimes scandalized her audiences. As a woman, she tried to balance her new-found fame with familial expectations. As the member of a politically active family in Mandate Syria, she became caught up in the historical movements of the time that shaped the modern Middle East. Her early death in 1944, much like the rest of her life story, remains shrouded in mystery. Join us in our third installment of historiographical mixtapes, as we explore the biography and music of Faqidat al-Fann, Asmahan. ~Chris Gratien