Chicken Scribbles and the Dove that Looks like a Frog
23/05/18 7:30 pmFree
Chicken Scribbles and the Dove that Looks like a Frog is a lecture performance by artist Samah Hijawi, on art and political histories cantered around Palestine in the 1970’s. The narrative weaves fictive realities to question representation, nostalgia as well as hegemonic discourses surrounding Arab and Western art of this era. Inspired by a conversation with artist Mhanna Durra, who offhandedly critiques the symbols of ‘politically engaged art’ by describing them as pigeons that look like frogs; the performance subjectively confronts this romanticised era with its failures.
Samah Hijawi is an artist and researcher currently doing her PhD in Art Practice in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Brussels, and ULB in Belgium. She works across media and is exploring the aesthetics of loss and the performativity of ‘returning to the homeland’ in representations of Palestine in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Her works have been shown in; The Hayward Gallery in London, the Beurscchouwburg in Brussels, Bureau Europa- Maastricht, MoMa and Apex Art – New York; Darat al Funun – Amman among others. She previously collaborated with Ola El-Khalidi and Diala Khasawneh, for Makan art space, an independent space in Amman; and with Shuruq Harb and Toleen Touq on the curatorial platform the river has two banks initiated to address the growing distance between Jordan and Palestine.