7 October 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arab Bank, Sultan Suleiman Road, followed by
a tour to the exhibition locations and a reception at the Palestinian Art Court
- al Hoash at 9:00 p.m.
Other Shadow of the City draws inspiration from the city of Jerusalem and its
changing urban structure. The exhibition takes the viewer to places outside the
spiritual and holy Old City to urban locations that, despite their importance
in shaping the contemporary urban city, have been rarely referenced or
addressed in literature and art. The exhibition unravels Jerusalem as an urban
structure with all its physical, social, economic, and political complexity,
demonstrating how urban space is divided, conquered, abandoned, and occupied
Other Shadow of the City features newly commissioned works by 26 international
contemporary artists working in painting, sculpture, video, film, installation,
text, and photography. The artists set the stage for discussion on a number of
themes, such as mobility, visions of utopia/dystopia, surveillance, history and
memory, gated communities, and natural environments.
exhibition is also the culmination of ArtSchool Palestineís 2008/09 residency
programme organised in cooperation with al Hoash Gallery, where 15 artists from
the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, France, Morocco, Algeria, and Jordan were
invited to pursue new projects or research in locations throughout Palestine.
For The Other Shadow of the City, nine artists were invited: Anna Boggon,
Michael Baers, Sarah Beddington, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Maj Hasager, Samah
Hijawi, Bouchra Khalili, Jakob Jakobsen, and Oraib Toukan.
addition, the exhibition provided an opportunity for Arab and Palestinian
artists, who do not have access to the city of Jerusalem, to respond to their
desires and dreams - testifying that ideas about cities are not only formed at
a conscious level but are also the product of unconscious desires. The city as
a space becomes both the material and lived space as well as a site of fantasy
exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, including artistsí talks,
screenings, and workshops and will take place in a number of venues across
Jerusalem, including the Arab Bank venue, which has been closed since 1967, the
Palestinian Art Court - al Hoash, and the French Cultural Centre.
artists: Mohammad al Hawajri - Palestine, Jawad Al Malhi- Palestine, Buthayna Ali - Syria, Rafat
Assad - Palestine, Michael Baers - USA, Sarah Beddington - UK, Rana Bishara -
Palestine, Anna Boggon - UK, Zoulikha Bouabdellah - Algeria/France, Raouf Haj
Yihya - Palestine, Rula Halawani - Palestine, Alexandra Handal - Palestine,
Shuruq Harb - Palestine, Maj Hasager - Denmark, Samah Hijawi - Jordan, Jakob
Jakobsen - Denmark, Bouchra Khalili - Morocco/France, Yazan Khalili - Palestine,
Sliman Mansour - Palestine, KevorkMourad - Syria, Riyadh Neama - Iraq, Larissa Sansour - Palestine, Nawras
Shalhoub - Palestine, Oraib Toukan - Jordan, Munir Waked - Palestine, Mohanad
Yaqubi - Palestine.
by: the Palestinian Art Court - al Hoashand ArtSchool Palestine in partnership with the British Council, the
International Academy of Arts Palestine, the French Cultural Centre -
Jerusalem, and Rafia Gallery - Damascus.
by: Palestine Investment Fund.
by: Arab Bank LTD., A.M. Qattan Foundation, Consulate General of Belgium, Ford
Foundation, Consulate General of Spain-Spanish Cooperation Office, Dr. Nabil
Qaddumi, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Representative
Office of Denmark, and Zina Jardaneh.