P r o j e c t
A r t i s t i c B a c k g r o u n d
I have noticed that memories, imagination
and space constitute the basis of all my art projects. Now it also appears
that Jerusalem, the city of my birth and where I live and breathe is
a constant factor in shaping all my artworks whether consciously or
subconsciously. Following is a brief history of my major artworks
that lead to this new exhibition.
I expressed, “ I jump to an invisible
world where only the imagination can reach—who ever wants to see the
invisible has to penetrate more deeply into the visible.” I wanted
to detach myself from reality and erase my memory and that is why I
built for myself a new world, my world.
I saw my work as a celebration of
solitude. I started to trace back my memories and I tried to explore
my childhood memories. During the work I saw elements that could be
mistaken for being part of nature. Left behind, after time one takes
it for granted that they belong. But they do not belong; they are
simply not made of the same structure. In the end I only found
refuge in open spaces.
End of Days
Spring 2003, a new war started. I
expressed, "Childhood memories flood back to me. I feel hurt. I look
at my images, images that were once part of the world that I created
myself… Suddenly, I could see through them. I discovered they hid a
different reality. I had been living in an illusion, in a world that
does not really exist, except in my subconscious. I woke up to
discover that my world was changing again."
Till the End - spirit of the place
Jerusalem is changing rapidly and is
transforming to something unknown and unfamiliar for the people who
grew up in it. Places are being destroyed and historical memories
are being replaced. In fear of the continuation of the erasing of
the memory of the city, I started wandering in places that I felt I
am connected to spiritually, places where their serenity worries me.
At each place images emerged on surfaces of stones, witnessing to
the sprit of the place—it was as if the stones were revealing
distant memories. I picked a stone from every place and at the same
time I took an image of the place. I later on printed that image on
the stone; in effect each place has its own image on it. I tried to
preserve what is left, and if there was nothing left, I tried to
imagine how the place looked in the past. In the future when the
time is right, I plan to replace these stones to the places they
belong to in order to remind us of the spirit of the original
place—till the end.
Kan Yama Kan 2005
After a deep long night sleep, five stories emerged
from my imagination and dreams. I live in a world of images that are parts and
segments of many buried stories that struggle all the time to come to light.
This time, I decided to set free some of my hidden fears. I remember John Berger
once saying," As long as there will be people who tell the story, the
same story, the nation will continue to survive." Time runs very fast
and I am worried about the distance Palestinians suddenly have to their past and
history. It feels as if we fail to remember.
The photo stories were presented as a film
strip to be seen through the opening of a custom made wooden box.
When I started this project, I found out that the concept of
Palestine was much bigger than me and I questioned myself then—Who
Am I to tell the story of Palestine? Hence I found out that
collaboration with other Palestinian artists would enrich this
experience. Five noted artists who originally come from five
different Palestinian cities painted on the boxes their inspiration
and vision of the story. The outcome of their hard and inspiring
work was remarkable. Each one of them painted with a passion that
celebrated and revived the story of the "Box". We all joined hands
for one cause only – to help people to remember, because in
preserving memories that nations survive.
People coming to the exhibition,
enjoyed this intimate experience of isolating themselves from the surroundings
and to journey to hidden and intimate places in their