Sunday, 1 December 2013


entrance to Darat al Funun where 'Hiwar, Conversations in Amman' curated by Adriano Pedrosa took place

view of Amman from Darat al Funun

Rayyane Tabet, Fossils, 2006, 8 cement suitcases

Adriano in conversation with the margins

Nicola Saig, Untitled (handling of Palestine from the Ottoman to the British), 1918

Etel Adnan, tapestries and artist books, 1970s-1990s

Pedrosa and Etel

Abdul Hay Mosallam, Gaza and Martyr

Daniela Ortiz, Censored Issues

Nguyên Phuong Linh, Sanctified Clouds, bomb explosions

Hrair Sarkissian, Execution Squares in Syria, 2008

Ahlam Shibli, Palestinean regugee camps in Jordan, 2007

paintings by Fahrelnissa Zeid

Mona Hatoum

Asuncion Molinos Gordo, The Peasant Has A Hoe

Jonathas de Andrade, Looking for Jesus

Jonathas de Andrade, Looking for Jesus, eat a date and use the seed to vote for your favourite Jesus

Jonathas de Andrade and Adriano Pedrosa

Emily Jacir, Bank Mirror, 2003

Maria Taniguchi, Black Bricks

Ahmad Nawash, The Palestinian Cause (Golda Meir and the Funeral), 1973 

Walid Raad, Scratching on Things I Could Disavow, 1989

Clara Ianni, Free Form, on the uprising and murder of workers during the construction of Brasilia

Saba Innab, How to Build Without a Land

Akram Zaatari

Kiluanji Kia Henda, Instructions to create your personal Dubai at home

Thabiso Sekgala, photographs of Amman

Bisan Abu-Eisheh, Moving Home, (Palestinian temporary homes in refugee camps are moved inside the camp over gas tanks)

The Lab at Darat al Funun

Map of Modern Palestine

Rachid Koraichi, A Nation in Exile

Shuruq Harb, The Keeper

Rayyane Tabet, The Dead Sea In Three Parts

Rayyane finishing the Dead Sea

Khalid Shoman's car 

and homage to Khalid Shoman by Suha Shoman

Darat Al Funun "Conversations at the margins" with Adriano Pedrosa

HIWAR | Conversations in Amman
An exhibition, residencies, and talks program
Curated by Adriano Pedrosa

Opening: 9 November 2013

HIWAR | Conversations in Amman is an exhibition, residencies, and talks program organized by Darat al Funun to celebrate 25 years of support for the arts. HIWAR brings 14 artists from the Arab world, Africa, Asia, and Latin America to Amman for residencies in September and October 2013, culminating in an exhibition opening on 9 November 2013. The exhibition will also feature works from The Khalid Shoman Collection, including Akram Zaatari, Emily Jacir, Mona Hatoum, Wael Shawky, and Walid Raad.

HIWAR (meaning conversation in Arabic) is born out of the necessity to promote exchanges between artists from the margins, not solely by juxtaposing their works in an exhibition or publication format, but also by giving them the possibility to learn from each other’s practices and experiences. Large-scale exhibitions and biennales have brought together works from different regions beyond Euroamerica, yet often artists do not have a chance to immerse themselves in this exchange.

HIWAR proposes a more intense format, with a small number of artists that spend a month in Amman in two sessions (in September and October 2013). The focus is to develop conversations between the participants, who will each present and discuss their work and context with their colleagues during the residencies, in the lead up to the exhibition. The core conversations are led by Adriano Pedrosa, curator of HIWAR, and Eline van der Vlist, artistic director of Darat al Funun. Avoided here is the format of the artist being invited to conduct a residency in order to make new work in response to the new locale in which s/he finds him or herself. The core is to learn in and from Amman—as well as from Beirut, Cairo, Cuzco, Hanoi, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Luanda, Manila, Mumbai, Ramallah, Recife, and São Paulo.

There is no all encompassing theme or concept linking all the artists and their works in HIWAR beyond the artist’s geo-cultural origins and positions (shifting as these may be). Yet, such positions are also somehow loaded and revealing. One could think along the lines of the Argentine semiotician Walter Mignolo, I Am Where I Think.

A talks program will be announced. A publication will be published after the opening, not only to document the exhibition, but also to record some of the conversations and reflections emerging from HIWAR.

Asli Çavuşoğlu (b. 1982, Istanbul; lives in Istanbul)
Asunción Molinas Gordo (b. 1979, Aranda de Duero, Spain; lives in Cairo)
Bisan Abu-Eisheh (b. 1985, Jerusalem; lives in London/Jerusalem)
Clara Ianni (b. 1987, São Paulo; lives in São Paulo)
Daniela Ortiz (b. 1985, Arequipa, Peru; lives in Barcelona)
Hemali Bhuta (b. 1978, Mumbai; lives in Mumbai)
Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Maceió, Brazil; lives in Recife)
Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979, Luanda; lives in Luanda)
Maria Taniguchi (b. 1981, Dumaguete City, the Philippines; lives in Manila)
Nguyên Phuong Linh (b. 1985, Hanoi; lives in Hanoi)
Rayyane Tabet (b. 1983, Ashqour, Lebanon; lives in Beirut)
Saba Innab (b. 1980, Kuwait; lives in Amman/Beirut)
Shuruq Harb (b. 1980, Ramallah; lives in Ramallah)
Thabiso Sekgala (b. 1981, Zaf, South Africa; lives in Johannesburg)

Darat al Funun is a home for the arts and artists from the Arab world. We trace our beginnings to the opening of a non-profit gallery in Amman in 1988, and are now housed in six renovated historical buildings with a restored archaeological site in the garden. Darat al Funun organizes exhibitions, talks, film screenings and educational programs, hosts performances and concerts, offers a PhD fellowship and artist residencies, and publishes books and catalogues.

“Conversations at the margins”
Sunday 10 November, 6pm
with Adriano Pedrosa, Bisi Silva, Eline van der Vlist, Pablo Léon de la Barra, Suha Shoman, and Vali Mahlouji
On Sunday 10 November, HIWAR curator Adriano Pedrosa will lead a conversation between curators working at the margins about the challenges they face while working through the margins, considering South-South connections, center-periphery flows, and the necessity to come up with new modes and models to look and think about art in these contexts. The interest in these conversations—which Pedrosa started in written form published in Mousse Magazine (n. 38, April–May 2013)—reflect a concern to establish connections and dialogues between artists and curators at the margins. Pedrosa writes: “I strongly believe that the South-South connections remain largely unexplored and in them lie the richest paths.”

Darat al Funun–The Khalid Shoman Foundation
13 Nadeem al Mallah Street, Jabal al Weibdeh
Amman, Jordan
Hours: Saturday–Thursday 10am–7pm
a great photo tour from our friends at Universes in Universe here

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