Jerusalem’s landscape as we know it today, is merely a surface layer, a slice in a long tumultuous history that has seen people and civilisations taking over from preceding ones. Over time, layers are obscured and sometimes obliterated to the point where only but few traces or ruins can be found, if any! Since the turn of the 19th Century and invention of photography, our relationship to how we see, comprehend and communicate our understanding of history and time has dramatically changed.
By superimposing an additional layer, a photograph taken today of the same location over that taken by the American Colony photographers some hundred years ago, shot from the same
spot and the same angle would move us between two distinctive times. It allows us to study the changes that occurred, compare the different times, align the physical transformations with the
events that took place in the city and around the region during the last century, and deduce from those observations all the agendas at play, then, now and still to come.
This body of work is an attempt to encourage people, in general, and especially Jerusalemites, to reassess their relation to this city, reexamine it carefully, indulge in its details and love it - not for
what it was and what it symbolises, but for what it can be. And as Mies van der Rohe put it so eloquently: “God is in the details”.
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Jack Persekian: Born and working in Jerusalem. Exhibitions include After Matson / After Whiting, at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem in 2017. In the Presence of the Holy See, presented for and during Pope Francis’ visit to Palestine, in Bethlehem (various locations) in 2014. Nablus Soap performance, presented between 2010-12 at the Beirut Art Center, Abu Dhabi Art (with Tarek Atoui), the Brazilian Ministry of Culture in São Paulo, WAMDA (Celebration of Entrepreneurship) in Dubai (with Tarek Atoui), ICA in London, Hammer Museum in LA, MIT in Boston, MoMA in NY, The New Museum in NY, the Al Ma’mal Foundation in Jerusalem, Rote Fabrik in Zurich, Darat Al Funun in Amman, Artspace in Sydney and the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Australia. Wall of Soap installation at the World Economic Forum meeting in Jordan, at the Dead Sea Movenpick in 2004.
Persekian was a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London, UK (2011 – 2015), and recipient of the Order of Culture, Science and Arts, Innovation level, from the State of Palestine (2016).
The exhibition is in cooperation with Gallery Anadiel, Freres Road, New Gate, Old City
Exhibition opens daily (except Sundays) from 12pm until 7pm