Stripped of Their Identity and Driven from Their Land, by John Halaka, 1993/1997/2003,
from the series: Forgotten Survivors, rubber stamped ink and acrylic on canvas, 87" x 272"
We were honored and very fortunate to be able to bring the widely-acclaimed Made In Palestine art exhibit to Vermont and New England this past October, 2005.
Made in Palestine is the first museum exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to the contemporary art of Palestine. This stunning and evocative exhibition follows the modern history of the Palestinian people from the al Nakba ("The Catastrophe") of 1948 to today. Quite simply, there is nothing like it. It is a powerful and moving meditation, expressed through a variety of media, on the experience of dispossession, occupation, historical memory and the struggle for freedom and reconciliation.
The first showing of the exhibit occurred at the Station Museum in Houston, Texas, from May to October, 2003. Last April, Made in Palestine was featured at the SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, where its highly expressive work generated strong reactions and national attention. After its Vermont showing, Made in Palestine is expected to travel to New York City and Mexico City.
Made in Palestine was on view from October
18 through November 20, 2005 at the T.W. Wood Art Gallery in Montpelier, Vermont
and was accompanied by a speakers' series that included Samia Halaby, one of the
Made in Palestine is a collection of contemporary art made by 23 Palestinian artists and refugees who live in the occupied territories and in the Diaspora. According to curators at the Station Museum, it is "the first exhibit of contemporary Palestinian art ever displayed in the United States." The exhibit includes works in many media, including oils, paper, video, sculpture, textile art, ceramics, and photography.
Most of the artists live in Palestine (Ramallah, Jerusalem, Gaza, Nazareth and Betunia). A few are dispersed across Middle Eastern countries (Syria, Jordan and Lebanon) and the U.S. (North Carolina, Georgia and New York).
The show originated at The Station Museum in a collaboration among Gabriel Delgado, exhibit curator, Jim Harithas, director of the Ineri Foundation, and Tex Kerschen, chief curator. The group traveled the Middle East for a month and met with artists in Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria to select the works to be included in the exhibition.
Press Review: "..people rarely get to see the rich culture and creativity of the Palestinian people.."
History in the waking by Robert Avila, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 14, 2005 - The unprecedented "Made in Palestine" dramatically asserts a narrative too long suppressed -- 'MADE IN PALESTINE ," the first extensive showing of contemporary Palestinian art in the Bay Area, is one of the visual art highlights of the year, but it's much more than that. more..
Debut US tour of "Made in Palestine" exhibition Electronic Intifada, April 12, 2005 - Made In Palestine, makes its first national tour stop in San Francisco, after opening in Houston..."This is a momentous occasion because people rarely get to see the rich culture and creativity of the Palestinian people," says Rayan El Amin of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. "This will be a unique opportunity to not only experience art but also to learn about the history and current struggle of the Palestinians." more..
Unknown face of Palestinian art San Francisco Chronicle, April 8, 2005 - Halaby is one of 23 artists whose work comprises "Made in Palestine," an exhibit that opens Thursday at San Francisco's Som-Arts Cultural Center...."It's very, very, hard for a person who's not paying extraordinary attention to know that there is a very ancient society and culture among Palestinians that is both interesting and enriching," says Samia Halaby, a former professor at Yale University's School of Art. more..
Palestine US exhibit stirs controversy Al-Jazeera , April 20, 2005 - A unique art exhibition showcasing the works of 23 Palestinian artists is facing uncertain times in the United States, with major museums refusing to play host. Chronicling the modern history of Palestinians since 1948, Made in Palestine had its first showing in the United States at the Station Museum in Houston, in May 2003. The exhibit displays the works of selected Palestinian artists from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as well as those living in exile in countries such as Jordan, Syria and Germany. Currently on display in San Francisco, the opening attracted up to a thousand people. But alongside the accolades, it has also drawn the ire of some politicians. As a result, most museums are fearful that hosting an exhibit that is pro-Palestinian could cost them their funding. more..
Wood Art Gallery
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