New Creatives brings together the selected works of seven emerging artists from Jerusalem, Haifa, Kafr Kanna, Ramallah and Gaza in an exhibition that reveals their profound common interest in the body territory.
Through painting, video and photography, our New Creatives, explore the closeness as well as the strangeness of being and belonging like those who whisper secrets in confiding timidity. This exhibition opens up for these emerging artists the possibility to showcase their work and communicate with an empathetic audience their ideas and innovations through criticism, testing and dialogue.
Artists: Abd Al Rahman Al Julani, Rehaf Al Batniji, Alaa Al Dayeh, Michael Jabareen, Anan Misk, Nadine Nashef, Ola Zaitoun.
Supported by the A.M. Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project, funded by Sweden.
April 10 -- May 30, 2019
Abd Al Rahman Al Julani |A Body from Tunis
"The artwork produced following the artist's one-month art residency in the old city of Tunis. His art project compares between the old city of Jerusalem and that of Tunis. He juxtaposes the nude body with some of the most prominent monuments of the old city of Tunis where he stayed, in an attempt to focus on his own experience of "re-birth"."
Alaa Dayeh | Restoring Time
"Presenting and abstracting time through a sheep's brain, mud, sand, the sound of the place where I was interrogated, a camera and a computer. In this work I discuss my experience under the pressure of waiting, at a time where time was a tool to get to my brain during my arrest and before my final trail. The time was used to psychologically pressure me into confession."
Anan Misk | A Clear Distortion
"Humans are the outcome of their own thoughts. The difference between human characters stem from different thoughts that dictate their behavior and in turn shape their characters. Happy thoughts make us happy, miserable thoughts make us miserable, while thoughts of illness probably make us ill. Each individual has the freedom to choose their own thoughts and is responsible for feeding, steering, ignoring or abandoning them, which determine the individual's characters appear as a result of thoughts that are expressed, fed, or abandoned. The distortion of faces in the paintings reflect how the brain of characters work."
Ola Zaitoun | Skin Treatment - Face Peeling
The work is about the relation between the artist and her mother, the beauty expert which played a central role in the artist's life by shaping her personality and personal image. The art work represents the mother as a mediator for the macho society "she tries to make me look like other women, beautiful in the eye of society, a homemaker and wife". The artwork explores the relation between cosmetics, the body and the process of painting. Based on Lucian Freud's work, the artwork digs into the psychological residue which accumulates in the human self without being treated. The artwork describes the tough psychological scene when the real personality is erased and the true nature is changed. She draws three dimensional layers of traditional oil colours over the face in an abstract style, so the features of the face disappear. The artwork borrows from conceptual and analytical arts and poses questions on the notion of beauty and perfection.
Nadine Nashef | A Few Questions on Disintegrated Memories and Their Remains
(a series of 4 photographs, giclée prints)
The series explores a lure to the sense of disquiet, fragmentation and loss inherent in these images, the places in them and the remains they represent. With an unassuming façade, the photographs point to something amiss, without making suggestions as to what that may be.
Rehaf Al Batniji | Rap
A photo series produced during the eight-day Israeli war on Gaza in 2012. It discusses the relationship between humans and their bodies during wars: Repetitive wars above our heads, we feel they pass by as we put ourselves into small match boxes that will go on fire sooner or later. How can we deal with this in silence! We fold and nestle inside the boxes, no longer feeling the connection with our bodies and heads. Our senses disintegrate and scatter all over the box. We become disintegrated fully. we stop being able to say or do anything we dream of. We wish if our bodies became birds or small wings that travel in repetitive dangerous times. Nonetheless, the body is heavy and tired. Tired by wars that have nothing to do with it. When tired, things become heavier; the body becomes in need to sleep or hide or fly the same way as everything needs a space. When the desire to sleep becomes so strong, the body uses any available floor and lies above everything. Lying liberates the body from itself, it consumes time and drops off a heavy burden down.
This series is dedicated for those who slept and didn't wake up, and under the soil transformed into different bodies.
Michael Jabareen | The Levant
The artwork titled "The Levant" represents the historical unity of the Levant: Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. This unity is shaped by culture, architecture and geographical continuity. The main character in the middle is a collective work of all Levant countries costumes, bringing traditional clothes. As for the prayer beads the man is holding, it represents inner peace. In the background, a collection of architectural landmarks from the four Levant countries all connected shape a complex rich history!