PASSPORT TO PALESTINE
22.11.2011 – 03.12.2011
PRIVATE VIEW Wednesday 23.11.2011 – from 6 to 8.30PM
La Scatola Gallery and Janet Rady Fine Art are pleased to present ‘PASSPORT TO PALESTINE’, a group exhibition with artists Fawzy Emrany, Jane Frere, Hazem Harb, Khaled Jarrar, Yazan Khalili, Steve Sabella, Laila Shawa
Taking its title from the celebrated 1949 British film ‘Passport to Pimlico’, directed by Henry Cornelius, ‘Passport to Palestine’ aims, through a combination of painting, photography, installation, video and performance to tackle issues of Palestinian statehood, occupation, the restrictions and difficulties encountered in travelling both into and out of Palestine today.
The artists, whether Palestinian or not, whether living in Palestine or elsewhere, all approach the topic in fiercely individual ways. Each has their own story to tell about the sense of loss, and lack of freedom Palestinians experience by having been born into a nationality which tellingly remains unrecognised as a state despite recent attempts to reverse this. So to hold a Palestinian passport is an irony of circumstance. Why? What for? Who? Ultimately, this leads to the very questioning of identity and what it means to be.
Bring your own passport to the Private View to obtain artist Khaled Jarrar’s stamped permission for you to enter Palestine. A truly unique way to support ‘Passport to Palestine’.
It will be the first time that these artists have exhibited their works together in a group show in the UK. A percentage of the profits from the sale of works will be donated to Medical Aid for Palestine.