The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

A Tale of Two States

NaoKo Takahashi

A Tale of Two States is an exhibition of the project born of Naoko's residency in 2007. The title of the show borrows its name from the novel written in 1859 ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens, of a story about two cities, Paris as the dangerous place and London as the (temporarily) safe spot, during the French revolution. This fictional novel shows social revolution and personal self-sacrifice, a conception of rebellion and human nature.

The project focuses on ‘real’ and also power relationship within the society through social interaction. Although the project does not have direct relationship to the narrative in the novel itself, and it relates more to the problematic environment in Palestine, they speak about the two states, two authorities, one as ‘repressed place’ and the other as ‘protected place’.

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NaoKo TakaHashi’s wide-ranging practice incorporates performance, installations, books, films, drawings and sculpture, sometimes in collaboration with other artists and musicians. Her work deals with issues of translation and confusion of identity played out through language. She uses conceptual and humorous writing to explore spaces, both physical and social, and reveal the ambiguities and inconsistencies of communication and social identity.

Her practice is both challenging and immensely moving, often combining vocal or textual narratives with interventions into, or representations of, social and cultural environments. TakaHashi frequently incorporates different media into work, representative of her interest in the tensions of communication through language, and often plays with the scale of the work evoking the personal and the intimate within the vast complexity of society.