BASHIR MAKHOUL & AISSA DEEBI OTHERWISE OCCUPIED
29 May–30 June 2013
Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
Preview: 29 May, 10–20h; 31 May, 10–19h
Liceo Artistico Statale di Venezia (LASV),
Curators: Bruce Ferguson and Rawan Sharaf
Palestinian Art Court – al Hoash is pleased to announce the opening of Otherwise Occupied, an exhibition featuring two established Palestinian artists, Bashir Makhoul and Aissa Deebi, presenting artworks exploring the plurality of Palestinian positions.
As Palestinian artists, their work is unavoidably occupied with political engagement. However, it is vital that the idea of Palestine is not defined by the occupation and this exhibition’s title indicates the artists’ commitment to other ways of imagining the nation outside and beyond the conflict. Makhoul and Deebi also maintain a deep interest in the aspects of play and performance within art as an alternative occupation that remains marginal, though vital, to the workaday world.
The artworks presented here by Makhoul and Deebi are artistically and critically questioning the Palestinian identity; thinking through the de-territorialisation of Palestine and the issues of dispersal, plurality, and dispossession. Both artists, whether exploring contemporary colonial actions, turning them into a collective relation to space, enacting a dangerous ‘game,’ or digging into the archive and researching particular cases in history where the Palestinian identity was integrated within a global communist identity—seeking utopia, are enacting the performativity of thinking ‘otherwise.’
Symposium and book launches
From 17h to 19h the symposium will be followed by a drinks reception and book launch for three new publications by Al Hoash: the exhibition book accompanying Otherwise Occupied (edited by Ryan Bishop and Gordon Hon); Palestinian Video Art: Constellation of the Moving Image (edited by Bashir Makhoul); and Bashir Makhoul (edited by August Jordan Davis and Jonathan Harris)