The Lasting Effect

organized by Ramallah Municipality 

Curated by Reem Fadda

Exhibition opening: Monday 8 October 2018 6.30 pm

Ottoman Court, Ramallah followed by a tour to several venues

Exhibition continues until 30 October 2018

Mamarat (Paths) is the residency programme of Ramallah Municipality seeking to utilise its growing global networks in the field of culture for the purpose of the 2018 edition of Qalandia International, its theme being (Solidarity). The residency project will culminate with an exhibition entitled “The Lasting Effect” which will showcase the artistic projects of the following artists: Khalil Rabah (Palestine), Jawad Malhi (Palestine), Sandi Hilal (Palestine), MTL Collective (Palestine/India), Jasmina Wojcik (Poland), KURS Collective (Serbia), Daniel Toca (Mexico), Jose Luis Benavides (USA) and Joanna Rajkowska (Poland). This project is curated by Reem Fadda.

The notion of 'solidarity’, chosen as a theme for Qalandia International 2018, has been synchronic with the history of the Palestinian struggle against successive colonial structures and regimes, although not always in perfect tandem with it. The ethos and practices of 'solidarity’ have been through a plethora of delineations, spanning local particularities and/or global networks and alliances. The spectrum of the contradictory practices of 'solidarity’ has ranged from being closely affiliated at certain times to extreme religious ideals and idioms, towards more global socialist manifestoes during specific epochs, while also being unremittingly hinged upon Pan-Arab idealism. These were not, however, the only practices of 'solidarity’ in Palestine. Historically, other forms have fluctuated and come and gone, based on either ideologies, cultural and humanitarian idioms, or social and tribal rapports, etc.  

In Palestine, the term 'solidarity’ has been, and still is, a buzzword in the struggle for liberation from consecutive colonial administrations. Its forms and ideological stances have morphed over time and geography, rising and sinking with the tides of change in the form of the struggle for freedom. Now, it is social issues that are coming to the fore in a moment of external and internal political and societal struggles. Forced deterioration has led us to a moment of ambiguity, where uncertainty becomes the standard, and where managing, and mismanaging, the decline of the State is a recognized lifestyle. Overlapping hegemonies of religion and neoliberal culture are redefining the collective social and political stance, and the transmutation of individual and societal ethics, whereby acceptance becomes one of the most dismaying political consequences of capitalism. 'The Social Question’ becomes a disputation of the term 'solidarity’, in order to contemplate possibilities of departure out of this stagnant state. 

The notion of the shared thoughts, values and objectives that bind us is stirred to re-energise and re-investigate meanings of solidarity and collectivism – values that have allowed Palestinian society to resist and stay alive for decades. While keeping the 'Social Question’ as a beacon, solidarity can be considered and looked at through different lenses.

The exhibition “The Lasting Effect” invites the artists to probe 'The Social Question’ by means of discursive engagement with the term 'Solidarity’ – pertaining to opening up for global experiences, yet forging local experimentations and contemporary definitions. Ideas of mutuality, the conventional things that connect us all, are questioned in order to reactivate this space of solidarity and the collective spirit that has, for decades, allowed the Palestinian community to resist and survive. Solidarity can be seen through a series of lenses that are all constructed initially with a common ground, The Social Question, which may help with some answers to the question: who do we want to be as a society?

From within this discourse the exhibition “The Lasting Effect” presents art projects that tackle the following core questions, how does solidarity define itself in the Palestinian context?  Do we contend with the symbolic aspects of solidarity? Is the legacy of all solidrity work to remain in the annals of archives only? What are the constructive ways that guarantee creating a platform for solidarity that is accumulative, historical and socially congruent? What is the progressive role of the artists and their art in creating this path? What does this solidarity look like if it transforms into permanent action with a lasting effect?

The artworks will be exhibited unconventionally and publicly in various places in the city of Ramallah.

Discussion programme

Tuesday 9 October 2018

1:00-3:00 PM

Encounters (First session): Residencies and the Urgency of Solidarity 

Beit Saa', 3 Dar Awwad st, Old City of Ramallah

6:00-8:00 PM

Encounters (Second session): Residencies and the Urgency of Solidarity 

Beit Saa', 3 Dar Awwad st, Old City of Ramallah

​© 2018 Qalandiya International

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