Turmoil and violence have defined the lives of Palestinian people over the last few decades, yet in the midst of the chaos artists live and thrive, creating little-seen work that is a powerful response to their situation. Gannit Ankori's Palestinian Art is the first in-depth English-language assessment of contemporary Palestinian art, and it offers an unprecedented and wholly original overview of this art in all its complexity.
Ankori comprehensively traces the full history and development of Palestinian art, from its roots in folk art and traditional Christian and Islamic painting to the predominance of nationalistic themes and diverse media used today. Drawing on over a decade of extensive research, studio visits, and interviews, Ankori explores the vast oeuvre of prominent contemporary Palestinian artists, navigating between the personal and biographical dimensions of specific artworks and the symbolic meanings embedded within them. She provides detailed interpretations of many works and considers the complex historical, geographical, political, and cultural contexts in which the art was created. Questions of gender, exile, colonialism, postcolonialism, and hybridity are integral to Ankori's investigation as she probes the influence and thematic dominance of issues such as rootedness and displacement in Palestinian art.
Palestinian Art is a fascinating introduction to a virtually unknown visual culture that has been subsumed under the torrent of current political turmoil. A groundbreaking and essential work of art scholarship, Palestinian Art illuminates new and unique facets of the Palestinian cultural identity.
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Introduction Broken Narratives and DisOrientalism
The Shadow of the Nakba Art before 1948
Exile and Memories Art after 1948
EARTH AND SKY
Earth Sliman Mansour and the Poetics of Sumud
Sky Kamal Boullata and the Quest for Light
BODY AND HOME
Mona Hatoum Nomadic Bodies Exilic Spaces
Khalil Rabahs Split Self Black SkinWhite Masks
Abu-Rabia al-Wasiti Art Centre alluding Arab calligraphy Armenian Asad Azi Azi's Badran Bedouin Beirut Bezalel Bishara body calligraphy canvas Christian colour composed compositions Contemporary Palestinian context created Dis-Orientalism discussed displaced dominated Druze embroidery evokes exhibition exile experience expression figure fragmented Gallery Gannit Ankori genres geometric Hagar Haifa hair Hebrew homeland human hybrid Ibid icon illus images installation Islamic art Israel Israeli Jayyusi Jerusalem Jewish Jumana Emil Abboud Kamal Boullata Khalil Rabah land linked living looting Mahmoud Darwish memories Mona Hatoum mother Muslim Nabil Anani Nablus Nakba numerous objects oriental painters paintings Palestine Palestinian art Palestinian artists Palestinian identity Palestinian Literature photographs piece political portrait Raeda Ramallah recent reflects refugee Saadeh seems self-portraits sense Sliman Mansour symbolic Tamari Tel Aviv tion traditional transformed trees veil Vera Tamari viewers village visual West Western woman women Zegher