04/04/2014 - 05/10/2014
“Traces and Revelations” Exhibition is a result of a collaboration between Arts Canteen-London and Oriental Museum- Durham University featuring the work of internationally renowned artists Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha from Palestine.
The work of Harb and Joha explores the themes of loss of identity, home, diaspora and overcoming the physical and psychological boundaries created by conflict, specifically in their own personal histories of growing up in Palestine Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha have known each other since they were teenagers, passing in the street in Gaza City, each carrying artists’ portfolio cases. They are now both well established artists living in Dubai and Italy respectively, regularly exhibiting in major art fairs, museums and galleries of the Arab world and beyond. This exhibition seeks to examine the common and disparate elements of their work: those which could be traced back to their roots in Gaza and those which disrupted simplistic notions of cultural proximity and revealed the new and, often, alarming.
Aser El Saqqa of Arts Canteen, London, said, “The range of work in Traces and Revelations is an impressive one, it harks back to each artists’ earlier work and past lives. For both Harb and Joha, Traces and Revelations opens up an imaginary, parallel space in which to consider ideas of place, identity and belonging.”
Oriental Museum Curator, Dr Craig Barclay, said, “It is very exciting to be able to bring to Durham such compelling work by two wonderful artists. It is a great opportunity for our visitors to experience first- hand the creativity and vision of artists from this often misunderstood region.”
Mohammed Joha and Hazem Harb add something unique to this body of work, bringing their own very human responses to life in Gaza through their paintings… Harb and Joha are part of a remarkable genealogy of artists who have given us a deep understanding of the inhumanity, but also the humanity that features in conflict.” Michaela Crimmin, co-director of Culture+Conflict, a lecturer and research associate at the Royal College of Art, and an independent curator.
Traces and Revelations opens to the public on Friday, 4th April, and runs until Sunday, 5th October 2014. For more details visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/exhibitions/current/
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