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  • Experiencing ‘Badke’

    Artist Samah Hijawi reviews Badke, a performance of a contemporary dance interpretation of the Dabkeh, traditionally performed in weddings throughout the Levant. This performance was a collaboration between les ballets C de la B, KVS, and 'ten Palestinian performers, young autodidacts from various disciplines including contemporary dance, hip hop, circus...',...

  • Arab Art Histories: The Khalid Shoman Collection

    Artist Samah Hijawi reviews Arab Art Histories: The Khalid Shoman Collection, the latest and largest produced by Darat Al Funun. This work focusses entirely on the organisation itself, and discusses, in a range of essays by artists and academics, its collection, which is comprised of over 2000 works...

  • Where are the Arabs?

  • Past Disquiet

    This interview follows the opening of Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Exhibition for Palestine 1978 at MACBA Barcelona in February 2015, an archival and documentary show that takes the International Exhibition for Palestine of 1978 (organized by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in Beirut) as the starting...

  • Performativity and Public Space

    'This is a speculative piece,' writes Samah Hijawi in this essay for Ibraaz Platform 009, 'in which I will try to unpack the relationship between artists' works in public spaces as performative gestures of active participation and critical citizenship; engagements with state security mechanisms of monitor and control.'

  • Past Disquiet

    Samah Hijawi reviews Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, 1978, an archival and documetary exhibition curated by Khristine Khouri and Rasha Salti at MACBA, Barcelona. The show intricately maps an intercontinental milieu of common mindsets of artists and activists who worked together in solidarity...

  • The Work Does Not Mean Anything To Me

    'The Jordan National Gallery is a quiet place, tourists and school visits in the day time, but most of the time the lights are off until someone walks in. Nevertheless, let's consider the simple position of this museum as one of some authority on art, and a place in which...

  • What do we need to know about the MENA region today?

    Samah Hijawi Documents for a Narrative of Art History of Jordan, 2010-ongoing M ulti-media project Video excerpt, 1'40' Courtesy of the artist This ongoing research project is concerned with different aspects that have influenced the development of visual art practices in Jordan over the last 60 years....