Exhibition Opening 'Series of Un-Curated Events'

In the geopolitical and historical circumstances we have been living and experiencing in Palestine, memory, heritage, mobility, space, home and return are concepts loaded with a multitude of meanings and significance. Their signification in the context of Palestine stems mainly from their concrete absence or the lack of concrete relations to these concepts. And like the catastrophe that has been producing and conditioning their meanings and signification, they cannot be objectively and systematically captured. The current discourses, approaches, and for that matter speculations, can neither capture nor conceal such absence.

Within the 3rd Qalandiya International, Riwaq proposes a series of un-curated events in the form of hikes, sessions of knowledge exchange and exhibitions that question these taken-for-granted concepts, allowing for renewed meanings and relations to emerge and intermingle with the concrete landscapes of Palestine. The three artworks exhibited at Hosh Al-Etem engage aesthetically and conceptually with these issues. ‘Bawabet Yafa (Jaffa Gate)’, by Riwaq, is a multimedia exhibition that questions the notion of heritage and memory in Palestine. Safirni (Deport Me): I don’t want blockades, is a multi-media collaborative artwork between Ahmed Hamza, Alaa Mahdi, Ali Al-Rozzi and Reham Ghazali, and with directions from Tina Sherwell. It highlights mobility barriers, notions of crossings, occupation and blockades.. This Mined Land Of Ours, by Mirna Bamieh, takes a look at Palestinian refugees in Syria who crossed the border on 15 May 2011, marking with that the most serious physical attempt to return to their place of origin.