Memory Metamorphosis: an exhibition on Palestinian memory

This exhibition explores and preserves Palestinian diasporic memory through art.

When a people’s history, culture and existence are being altered or erased or appropriated, holding onto memories and passing them down can be seen as an act of resistance. 

Remembering the Future

by Jacqueline Reem Salloum, 2016

Digital Collage Print on vinyl, plexiglass mount. $2,900 USD.

The theme of the 1964/65 World’s Fair in New York was “Peace Through Understanding”. But the future was not a time of peace or understanding... it was the 1967 war, which displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Sumaya remembers Oum Kalthoum drowning out the sounds of the Israeli fighter jets

 

Maftoolaya

by Jacqueline Reem Salloum, 2016

Hand-made doll, maftool painted gold, carrots. $1,200 USD.

For Sumaya and the other children in the refugee camp, buying toys was not an option so they would make them from found objects in the streets. Her handmade ragdoll was one of her most cherished items. 

 

Sane Helwa ya Okhti... 

by Jacqueline Reem Salloum, 2017

M16 bullets, various materials, marble & wood cake stand. $2,500 USD.

14-year old Sumaya refused to accept the mournful ways of the refugee camp, which didn't celebrate birthdays. She decided to throw a birthday party for her sister, and baked her a cake. The work’s decoration is like any other birthday cake, referencing Sumaya’s yearning for normalcy; but when cut into, it reveals the systemic violence and fear that permeated throughout the camp.

The Flowering Body

by Dina Mattar

Acrylic on Canvas, 2017. $4,500 USD.

"She was like a tree always bearing fruit, so giving all the time." Umm Jalaa' was a mother who loved her homeland and her children. Umm Jalaa, you never died - the seeds you sowed are still sprouting from the land, and from your womb as well. May your soul rest in peace. 

 

You Know What, Captain Yossi? (# 1)

by Marguerite Dabaie, 2016

Digital Illustration printed on vinyl with plexiglass mount. $500 USD.

You Know What, Captain Yossi? (#2)

by Marguerite Dabaie, 2016

Digital Illustration printed on vinyl with plexiglass mount. $500 USD.

"There was this Captain Yossi at Birzeit University, and he would say, 'Why would a woman like yourself come and live here when you have other options?' And I said 'You know what, Captain Yossi? The moment Palestine will be liberated, I'll probably leave.' "

 

Swimming with Khubaze

by Tanya Habjouqa & Naya Bishara, 2017

Digital photograph on Hahnemuhle Fineart Baryta paper. $1,000 USD.

With my Palestinian daughter Naya, we created images to tell Anwar's story. Naya is swimming in a dream, maintaining Anwar's happier memories of Palestine and his mother's cooking, and using the water to cleanse away the hurt.

 

A Longing Heart series (#1)

by Mohammed Al Hawajri, 2017

3 digital photographs on Hahnemuhle Fineart Baryta paper and sculpture, mixed media

People leave their homelands to seek out their dreams and aspirations, or out of compulsion, escaping the death caused by wars. In the end, we end up far from our beautiful memories that remain preserved in old photo albums, with the faces of friends and family that bring us warmth and make our hearts beat faster in longing for an idyllic past.

 

 

A Longing Heart series (#2)

by Mohammed Al Hawajri

3 digital photographs on Hahnemuhle Fineart Baryta paper and sculpture, mixed media. 2017.

The heart pricked by thorns represents longing. The heart always longs for everything beautiful from the past. It longs for the fragrance of the flowers of the almond orchards and the odours of crops cultivated alongside homes where families spend pleasant evenings with their neighbours. 

 

A Longing Heart series (#3)

by Mohammed Al Hawajri, 2017

3 digital photographs on Hahnemuhle Fineart Baryta paper and sculpture, mixed media

$5,000 USD for 3 photographs and heart sculpture

You long for many things when you migrate far away, and they come to have a different, almost sacred meaning. Father Ibrahim is one of the thousands of Palestinians who were barred from visiting their homeland and had to return to where they came from, burdened with this bitter experience that only increases their sense of yearning.