Artist Talk: Gaza's Mohammed Musallam Presents Geography Torn

Tue, June 10, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Living and Working in Gaza, Mohammed Musallam is a Palestinian artist and lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at Al Aqsa University. Musallam's artistic appraoch consists of the abstract portrayal of humanistic issues in a means that goes beyond the limitations of the concept of time. He concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.

It has taken years for Musallam to obtain a visa to visit the U.S. so Alwan is honored to host this wonderful artist from Gaza in a discussion of his latest work, Geography Torn, an anthology of his experiences over the last five years. Geography Torn includes artworks that present the problematic human attachment to a place and the continuous struggle surrounding it which represnets both death and a place for survival.

The fractured geography that Musallam reveals through his paintings, interspersed with bits of news clippings, like so many remnants of futile words and letters written that did not prevent the descent into division, is not just one of the physical, material realms. It is also and above all a geography of the minds and souls, a metaphor for the deep mental divides that exist both between the people of Gaza and their neighbors, and within the Palestinian people itself.

Anthony Bruno, Director of the French Institute in Gaza


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-06-04 20:35:47

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