Al Ma'mal Talks | Jumana Abboud & Baha Jubeh

The Water of Life 

17 April 2019

About the Talk


The Water of Life brings together Baha Jubeh and Jumana Emil Abboud in conversation on the question of ethnographic practice as the muse and the source of inspiration in contemporary life and art practices. On this talk, and for the first time, the provocative folkloric songs of 19th Century Palestine particularly dedicated to the female body was presented with all their explicit sensuality, vis a vis the Jerusalem launch of Abboud’s artist book, “In aching agony and longing I wait for you by the Spring of Thieves”. These Folkloric songs which had been previously studied and explored by Hanna Stephan, in ‘Modern Palestinian Parallels to the Song of Songs’, are examined in parallel to contemporary art practices.


Jumana E. Abboud engages drawing, video, performance, objects, and text to navigate themes of memory, loss, and resilience. Abboud has participated in numerous local and international exhibitions, among them the 53rd an

d 56th Biennale di Venezia, Sharjah Biennial, Qalandiya International, BMW TATE LIVE EXHIBITION, Tate Modern, and The Palestinian Museum. 


Baha Jubeh is the museum registrar at the Palestinian museum, and is the Curator of the Palestine Heritage Museum at Dar Al-Tifel Association in Jerusalem. He has worked in many cultural institutions and has also worked as coordinator for all museum collections, ethnographic and art exhibitions at BZU Museum, and as director of Collections and Preservation unit at Yasser Arafat Museum in Ramallah.


Supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project, funded by Sweden 

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