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Qalandia 2087 by Wafna Hourani at the New Museum

Qalandia 2087
All Photos By Gail

One of my favorite pieces from the Here and Elsewhere, group exhibit currently up at the New Museum of Contemporary Art is a mixed media installation called Qalandia 2087 by Palestinian artist Wafa Hourani.

Qalandia

Qalandia 2087 fills nearly an entire gallery at the museum and is lots of fun to explore while contemplating the political and sociological ramifications of the piece, especially considering what is going on in that part of the world at this very moment in time.

Qalandia 2087

Here is some information I found on the piece at Nadour Dot Org:

Built from cardboard boxes and archive photographs, Qalandia 2087(2009) is the third and last part of a series of installations by Wafa Hourani.

Qalandia

The artist reproduced, as an architectural model, one of main check-points and Palestinian refugee camps. Located in the north of Jerusalem, Qalandia constitutes, since 1949, Ramallah’s entrance and the exit point, dividing the country on its western bank.

Qalandia 2087

Hourani was interested in this particular place in the Palestinian history, because of its proximity with its own airport, transformed into military base during the Israeli occupation. This paradox of a territory, initially connected to the rest of the world and now a place for Palestinian isolation, illustrates the politico-social reality of the country.

Qalanida 2087 Rose Courtyard

Qalanida 2087 Rose Courtyard Detail

In Qalandia 2087, the artist proposes a futuristic vision of this place, a hundred years after the first Intifada. Contrary to the first two pieces in the series, which presented an apocalyptic vision of Qalandia – a hundred years after the exodus Palestinian for Qalandia 2047 (2006) and a hundred years after the six day old war for Qalandia 2067 (2008), the last version evokes the future of Palestine on the basis of political Utopia.

Qalandia 2087 with Fish

Qalandia 2087 with Fish Detail

The question of the occupation of a given territory is no longer relevant, the main concern is now integration. The wall, which originally divided space between the check-point and the refugee camp, has been replaced by a mirror facade.

Qalandia Airport

Qalandia Airport has also retrieved its initial function as a civil airport, while the check-point has become a place reserved for public speech. Life seems to win again.

Qalandia 2087

Racing cars, airline planes, whimsically shaped TV aerials, a coffee terrace and a swimming pool transform the refugee camp into a space where communication and social links become possible again. The new party, “The Mirror,” has just won the elections and is sending each Palestinian back to their history by inviting them to take part in the construction of a better future.

Vérane Pina
Translated by Valérie Vivancos

Here and Elsewhere is on Exhibit Through September 28th, 2014, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 235 Bowery (at Prince street) in Soho, NYC.

Qalandia 2087 Patio Detail

Qalandia 2087 Patio Detail

Southampton’s Keszler Gallery Presents Banksy’s Street Works

In an ambitious undertaking, the Keszler Gallery (with a Manhattan location on Madison Avenue) has acquired a number of original Banksy street works, some weighing several tons, for an exhibition in Southampton this month. Also included in the exhibition are a number of original prints. Many of the street works are sections of concrete walls gathered from around the globe, which are too heavy to exhibit in the gallery’s two Southampton locations. For this exhibit, the gallery has leased the town’s original power plant to house the art during this show. Being huge Banksy fans, Geoffrey and I made the trek out to Southampton this past Saturday for the opening reception and it turned out to be well worth the haul!


Flying Copper (2003) (All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker)

Geoffrey was lucky enough to see the huge Banksy exhibit at the museum in Bristol, England a couple of years ago but, aside from the Village Pet Store and perhaps one or two isolated pieces in a group show,  this was my first experience seeing a Banksy  collection in a  gallery setting. The space for this show is very fitting as it is an abandoned power plant whose high ceilings, shattered windows, rough-hewn doorways and concrete walls make the perfect gallery setting for some of these “canvases” that are basically concrete slabs themselves.


Up Close: Out of Bed Rat (Los Angeles, 2002) Stencil and Spraypaint on Stucco


Kate Moss


Stop and Search (Bethlehem, 2007) Stencil and Spraypaint on Reconstituted Stone

One of the larger works on display is Stop & Search (see above) which was executed in Bethlehem when Banksy returned to the area  after his publicized installation in 2005 of nine murals on the controversial West Bank Barrier. These works were later removed and transported to London for restoration. Another of these large scale pieces, Wet Dog, is also on display in Southampton.

Adding to the evening’s buzz created by just being around such storied art was the awesome set of party tunes provided by DJ Twilo, free flowing cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Art Party in the Hamptons!

See Additional Pictures of Geoffrey and Me Posing with Banksy’s Art and find out more about the Exhibit after the Jump!

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