The Jerusalem Show VIII
Before and After Origins
6 – 31 October 2016

For its 8th edition, the Jerusalem Show explores the theme of Return from the Jerusalem perspective with the two-part exhibition Before and After Origins. The show is organized by Al Ma’mal Foundation as part of Qalandiya International 2016 under the theme This Sea is Mine. While forced Palestinian exile of 1948 may be considered the origin of Return, the category of ‘origins’ is itself questioned throughout the exhibition, contouring the relations of modernity, colonisation, property and territorial belonging. Works from over thirty artists and cultural heritage collections are presented across six venues in the New Gate neighbourhood of Jerusalem’s old city. The exhibition ‘Before’ at Al Ma’mal Foundation considers the power of narratives of origin, while the dispersed venues of ‘After’ stake a refusal of separation. Together these two parts offer a prism through which to reflect upon the ongoing project of the Return and its deep significance to the global condition.

Curator: Vivian Ziherl, Frontier Imaginaries

Artists: Bisan Abu Eisheh, Jawad Al Malhi, Richard Bell, Benji Boyadgian, Megan Cope, Alice Creischer, DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), Aiman Halabi, Gordon Hookey, Saba Innab, Yazan Khalili, Yasser Khangar, Karrabing Film Collective, Jumana Manna, Tshibumba Kanda Matulu, Randa Maddah, Muhammad Mughrabi, NGO (Dineo Seshee Bopape, Donna Kukama, George Mahashe & Sinethemba Twalo), Tom Nicholson, Christian Nyampeta, Rachel O’Reilly (w PA/LA/CE Architects Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds; and artist Rodrigo Hernandez) Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Ryan Presley, Shada Safadi, Wael Tarabieh, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe. With contributions from the Canaan Amulets collection in collaboration with the Birzeit University Museum, as well as contributions from the collection of George Al Ama.

Entrance to the Old City via New Gate, Jerusalem - Old Commercial Press & Shop #35, New Gate Road; Gallery Anadiel, Yerevan Restaurant & Knight’s Palace Hotel, Freres Road; Al Ma’mal Foundation, 8 Al Jawalida Street

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Bus Arrangements from and to Ramallah: For the opening event and Qalandiya Encounters in Jerusalem, transportation will be provided from Ramallah. For further information please visit or contact us: / +972 (0)2 6283457

October 6, 2016 7 - 11 pm: Jerusalem Show VIII Opening
Opening Address: 7:30pm, Al Ma'mal (Jerusalem)
Birth of a Nation by Muhammad Mughrabi: 8:00pm, Al Ma'mal Rooftop (Jerusalem)
Chapter X: A mouthful of Hot Air (When we Re-Blackened our Faces and Turned) by Donna Kukama: 8:30pm, New Gate (Jerusalem)
Between Movement and Intertia by Sinethemba Twalo: 9:00pm, Yerevan Restaurant

October 14, 2016 2-3pm: Film Screening & Discussion
Squat-Anti-Squat: African Community Society (Jerusalem)
Dutch artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh and poet Quincy Gario.

October 14, 2016 3:30-5pm: Film Screening & Discussion
Sacred Sites: Gallery Anadiel (Jerusalem)
Karrabing Film Collective (Australia) and Subversive Film (Ramallah)

October 14, 2016 6-8pm: Qalandiya Encounters
Enduring Nations Tent Embassy: Al Ma’mal Rooftop (Jerusalem)
An activation of Richard Bell’s Aboriginal Tent Embassy

October 16, 2016 7-9:30pm: Film Screening & Discussion
A Magical Substance Flows Into Me: Al Hakawati Theatre (Jerusalem)
Jumana Manna and guest. In collaboration with Cinema Days.

October 17, 2016 12-2pm: Tours and Discussion
Tawfiq Canaan Amulets Collection: Birzeit University Museum (Ramallah)
Baha Jubeh and Freja Carmichael (Quandamooka curator and researcher).

October 19, 2016 7-9pm: Discussion
Poetics and Power, In Translation: Garage Cafe (Ramallah)
Yasser Khangar, Rachel O’Reilly and Yazan Khalili, co-convened with the Educational Bookshop, Jerusalem

October 19, 2016 7-9pm: Film Screening & Discussion
A Magical Substance Flows Into Me: Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center (Ramallah)
Jumana Manna in collaboration with Cinema Days

October 25, 2016 6-7:30pm: Film Screening programme
Dangerous Border Crossings:The Educational Bookshop (Jerusalem)
Curated by Alex Eisenberg and the Live Art Development Agency.

October 27, 2016 2-3:30pm Film Screening programme
Dangerous Border Crossings: International Academy of Art Palestine (Al-Bireh)
Curated by Alex Eisenberg and the Live Art Development Agency.