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Jerusalem Show iX: Jerusalem Actual and Possible

Curated by Jack Persekian and Kirsten Scheid

3 - 31 October 2018

Venues:

Al Ma’mal, 8 Al Jawalida St., New Gate

Gallery Anadiel, 20 Freres Road, New Gate

Lutheran School, Muristan Road, Old City (by Redeemer Church)

Opening times:

Monday - Thursdays: 9am - 5pm.

Fridays: 4pm - 10pm.

As the Jerusalem Show approaches the end of its first decade, changes are afoot: A shift from displaying art in the city to, through art, yielding knowledge about the city. The shift will allow significant self-questioning that can engage artists, audiences, and urban inhabitants alike. Start by rereading this paragraph’s opening sentences: they rely on Euclidean notions of time and space respectively. What are time and space really about? Does time always march forward and preclude with each step options that were imaginable a few moments before? Does what follows always amount to progress? Are we stuck with it by virtue of being of this time? Of time, in time, on time: these phrases make time a container holding and limiting us. And space! What could hold us more securely than space? What could limit us more decisively? Euclidean space and time are the instruments of Israeli occupation, the grounds of Palestinian fragmentation, and the means of forever postponing future wholeness.

And yet, Jerusalem has long hailed other ways of thinking about space and time. (All three major religions rooted their dreams of overcoming time and space in Jerusalem.) This edition pays tribute to the premise which forms the basis of the work and thought behind the Jerusalem Show by reclaiming that imaginative capacity. Following practices that have distilled in Palestinian art--to remember the future, to map the inaccessible, and to excavate the unburied--we mine the collections, archives, institutions accessible from the city with the goal of refusing the “given present.” We are not seeking a show that fills Jerusalem with art now and strips it later. Some of the works considered may materialize another time. Some may concretize by involving other spaces. Learning from the materiality of art and dreams, this research-based edition will question Jerusalem’s where, how, and when. It will create a time for that which has no time, and a space for that which has no space. 

Contributors:

Jumana Emil Abboud (Palestine), Noor Abu Arafeh (Palestine), Ruanne Abu Rahme and Basel Abbas (Palestine), Elias and Yousef Anastas (Palestine), Johny Andonia (Palestine), Seth Anziska (USA), Nisa Ari (USA), Benji Boyadgian (Palestine), Daoud Ghoul (Palestine), Essa Grayeb (Palestine), Yazan Khalili (Palestine), Joseph Malikian (USA/Lebanon), Jiries Nustas (Palestine), Jack Persekian (Palestine), Palestine Hosting Society (Mirna Bamieh & Suzanne Matar) (Palestine), Peter Riedlinger (Germany), Adania Shibli (Palestine), Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins (USA), and Mohanad Yaqubi (Palestine).

Program


 

Wednesday 3 October

Exhibition Opening, Jerusalem Show iX: Jerusalem Actual and Possible

 

Jerusalem Show iX Opening Address, 7pm

by curators Jack Persekian & Kirsten Scheid

Lutheran School, Muristan Road, Old City

 

Reception & Drinks, 8pm

Al Ma’mal, New Gate,

 

DJ Set with Youset, 9pm

Al Ma’mal Rooftop, New Gate  


 

Friday 5 October // 6pm

Live Art Performance: Wandering through Flavours: The Old City of Jerusalem, The Table

Palestine Hosting Society

Bilda Christian Study Centre, Jaffa Gate

 

Palestine Hosting Society takes you on a culinary tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, through the lens of food practices. We wander together through the overlapping temporalities that inhabit the streets of the Old City. Our project reflects upon the economies of food and cookery in the walled city, and the connected relationships of farmers, shopkeepers and bakers, to each other and to Jerusalem. We engage with the politico-socio-economics of food in Jerusalem, as well as the optics and performance of its sale in the Old City. The multiple stops of the tour contribute to our menu, that is presented to 50 guests around one long table. Bringing together speciality dishes from restaurants, bakeries and ovens, spice shops, and tahini factories highlighted on the map. The menu reflects our personal tastings and exploration of food practices that have inhabited the Old City for decades. We turn our attention to them at a time when many food and craft shops are closing or turning into souvenir shops due to high taxes and lack of investment.

 

*Limited places, reserve before 3/10. Tickets: 40 NIS.

Performance in Arabic & English

 

Friday 5 October // 9:30 pm

Concert: 360 Album Release

El Container

Al Ma’mal Rooftop, New Gate

 

The Palestinian Jerusalemite band launches its new album that brings together western rock music and hip-hop music in Arabic. Their music addresses social issues and the daily challenges of Palestinian youth through lyrics of sarcasm and wit.


 

Monday 8 October // 4:30pm

Live Stream Performance (NY): Blood for Sale, by Khaled Jarrar

Qi Collateral Event: Open Source Gallery, NY

Live Stream: Al Ma’mal, New Gate

 

‘What is the value of the body as a product when, in the pursuit of war for economic gain, humans become abstract ideas rather than individuals?’ Khaled Jarrar presents Blood for Sale a public performance at the corner of Wall Street and Board Street, inviting the public to invest in the artist by buying his blood on Wall Street, NY. The performance explores the value of a human life as explicitly monetary and for a price, you can own a share of this artist.


 

Monday 8 October // 7pm

Talk: ‘The Rumor of the First Palestinian Museum…’

Noor Abu Arafeh

Al Ma’mal, New Gate

 

‘The rumor of the first Palestinian Museum, and what happens to objects when they are buried, burned, hidden, missing and destroyed’ will narrate all the attempts of establishing the first Palestinian museum, starting from the Ottoman Empire, crossing the British and how it shaped the city today. The talk questions the lost artworks from Palestine, and how these missing works affect our collective memory.

 

Wednesday 10 October // 1pm

Tour & Reception: Wandering through Flavours: The Old City of Jerusalem, The Tour

Palestine Hosting Society (Mirna Bamieh and Suzanne Matar)

Meeting Point: Al Ma’mal, New Gate

 

A culinary tour with the Palestine Hosting Society in the old city of Jerusalem with multiple stops that are based on the menu we created for 'Wandering through Flavours'. Through looking at food practices, the tour will highlight the overlapping temporalities that inhabited the streets of the old city, the tour will end with a tasting table from the stops in the tour.

 

*Limited places, reserve before 3/10. Tickets: 30 NIS.

Tours in Arabic with simultaneous translation to English for small groups.  

 

Friday 12 October // 4:30pm

Live Streaming Performance (NY): Blood for Sale

Organized by: Khaled Jarrar (collateral event)

Al Ma’mal

 

(See Monday 8 October for details.)

 

Friday 12 October // 7pm

Talk: Palestinian and Jordanian documents in the ‘State Archives’

Daoud Ghoul

Al Ma’mal, New Gate

 

The talk will be held in Arabic.

 

Wednesday 17 October // 7pm

Live Art Performance: 'Our Jerusalem Table'

Palestine Hosting Society

Location to be confirmed.

 

'Our Jerusalem Table' consists of recipes whose flavors reflect the fabric of Jerusalem and the story of its tastes. The menu is built from dishes still frequently cooked in Jerusalem, and others, that Time seems to hide them in the folds of the older generation’s memory. This performance table was created through the time we spent with the people in their houses, listening to their stories, learning their recipes, and talking to them about their culture of food.

 

*Limited places, reserve before 14/10. Tickets: 40 NIS.

Performance in Arabic & English


 

Friday 19 October // 7 pm

Talk: Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo

Seth Anziska

Al Ma’mal, New Gate

Organized in partnership with the Educational Bookshop & the Kenyon Institute  

Based on newly-declassified international sources, Preventing Palestine charts the emergence of the US-led ‘peace process’ and examines how events of the 1970s and 1980s have contributed to the prevention of Palestinian sovereignty today. By revisiting the crucial period of the First Intifada, and the onset of the Madrid and Washington talks, my lecture explores how the locus of Palestinian politics shifted to Jerusalem after Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

Talk will be held in English.

 

Saturday 20 October // 5pm

Workshop: Preventing Palestine in Israeli Archives: The Mechanics of Violence and Recovery, from the Lebanon War to Oslo

Seth Anziska

Location: Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah

 

How can we locate the political voice of Palestinians in the archives of those who elide their struggle for self-determination? Exploring newly available sources from Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon and the negotiations prior to Oslo in the early 1990s, this workshop will provide tools for public research into Palestinian history and the origins of state prevention.

 

Workshop will be held in English.


 

Wednesday 31 October // 1pm

Tour & Reception: Wandering through flavours: The Old City of Jerusalem, The Tour

Palestine Hosting Society: Mirna Bamieh and Suzanne Matar

Meeting point: Al Ma’mal, New Gate

 

A culinary tour in the old city of Jerusalem with multiple stops that are based on the menu we created for 'Tasting Old City of Jerusalem'. Through looking at food practices, the tour will highlight the overlapping temporalities that inhabit the streets of the old city, the tour will end with a tasting table from the stops in the tour.

 

*Limited places, reserve before 25/10. Tickets: 30 NIS.

Tours in Arabic with simultaneous translation to English for small groups.  

 

Wednesday 7 November // 4pm

Exhibition Opening: The Khalidi Library, Jerusalem: Knowledge, Place and Time

The Khalidi Library, Bab Al Silsileh Road, Old City

 

The exhibition provides a historic account through images, photographs and texts of the Khalidi Library, its 13th century Mamluk buildings adjacent to the Haram Al Sharif and Bab Al Silsileh, and the scholars and colorful personalities who created and nurtured it over the years.


 

*For all reservations please send us an e-mail with the event details and name of participants: info@almamalfoundation.org