Disrupted Intimacies


March- April 2016

curated by Tina Sherwell


The exhibition presents both recently produced art works and selected pieces from the archives of graduates of The International Academy of Art, Palestine. Definitions of intimacy suggest closeness, familiarity, a deep understanding of place and subject - even privacy of expression, suitable for telling secrets. Intimacy is also defined as “ a process – not a thing. It takes place over time and is not stagnant.” While disrupted is understood as to throw into confusion or disorder, to interrupt a normal continuance. Juxtaposing these ideas aims to point to one of many conditions or ‘states’ experienced by Palestinians in our daily lives particularly in relations to each other, ourselves and our bodies but also familiar places and cherished landscapes, everyday objects and keepsakes. These interruptions and discontinuities create deeply embellished absences and temporary fragile coherences. Broadly gathered under the theme the works in this show explore questions of love, domestic spaces and bodyscapes, loneliness and nostalgia from the prism of disrupted intimacies.


Works by Noor Abed, Bisan Abu Eisheh, Rana Samara, Mahdi Baragithi, Hasan Daraghmeh, Sahar Al-Khatib, Abdallah Awwad, Ayed M Arafah, Lama Takruri, Reema Al-Tawil, Asem Naser, Ali Aldeek

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