Palestinian Art

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Reaktion Books, 2006 - Art - 255 pages
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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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Written well when and full of art criticism. Unless you're into that you might not find it SOOO captivating. Read full review

Review: Palestinian Art

User Review  - Garrett - Goodreads

Written well when and full of art criticism. Unless you're into that you might not find it SOOO captivating. Read full review

Contents

Introduction Broken Narratives and DisOrientalism
15
The Shadow of the Nakba Art before 1948
23
Exile and Memories Art after 1948
47
EARTH AND SKY
59
Earth Sliman Mansour and the Poetics of Sumud
60
Sky Kamal Boullata and the Quest for Light
93
BODY AND HOME
119
Mona Hatoum Nomadic Bodies Exilic Spaces
121
BEING ARAB IN ISRAEL
175
Visual Voices from the Interior
176
Postscript
217
References
221
Bibliography
240
Acknowledgements
247
Photo Copyright Acknowledgements
249
Index
250

Khalil Rabahs Split Self Black SkinWhite Masks
155

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About the author (2006)

Gannit Ankori, an Associate Professor of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is currently a Research Associate and Visiting Associate Professor at the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. She has published and lectured extensively on Palestinian art since 1987 and is the author of numerous articles and two books on Frida Kahlo, among which is Imaging her Selves: Frida Kahlo’s Poetics of Identityand Fragmentation(2002), and a recent catalogue essay for the Frida Kahlo retrospective at Tate Modern, London (2005). Her other publications relate to hybridity, gender, exile, displacement, postcolonial identities and the manifestations of these issues in the visual arts.

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