Framed/Unframed: Women Representations in Palestinian Art Practice
September 2011 – October 2011
This exhibition presents varying images of the female in Palestinian art produced by successive generations of male and female artists from the 1970s up to the present. The works selected encompass both changes in the intellectual and visual approaches underlying representations of the female form. The diversity of form, content and artistic media selected for the exhibition in many ways parallel the changing social, economic, political and gendered environment prevailing in Palestine. The collection constitutes an affluent reflection on women, their status and representation through various artistic modes and concepts. The viewer is thus invited to contemplate in the reason behind employing the figure of women in these works; what is she being used to represent and how is she made visible? How the image of women is received and interpreted? And what do these images have to say to us about our changing times, about perspectives on Palestinian women or about the idea of Palestine itself?