MAI Presents: LIVE IN PALESTINE, Opening Exhibition of Season 20-21

© Raeda Saadeh, ONE DAY (2013)

24 SEPTEMBER – 24 OCTOBER 2020
Organized by AXENÉO7 (Gatineau) in collaboration with DAIMON (Gatineau) and A Space Gallery (Toronto), Live In Palestine brings together performance work that asks the viewer to consider how bodies, actions and images produce meaning in particular geopolitical spaces.

The exhibition features works by; Jumana Emil Abboud (Jerusalem), Nihayah Alhaj (Bethlehem), Khalil al-Mozain (London, ON), Rana Affo Bishara (Bethlehem), Mohamed Harb (Gaza), Manal Mahamid (Haifa), Mohammed Musallam (Toronto), Mohamad Mustafa (Bethlehem and Ramallah), Mohammad Obeidallah (Bethlehem), Raeda Saadeh (Jerusalem) and Sharif Waked (Haifa and Nazareth).

Showcasing prominent and emerging contemporary artists currently living and working in Palestine, Live in Palestine focuses on work that combines performative practices with political engagement, addressing some of the complexities of living in occupied Palestine.

This exhibition is a response to the ongoing violation of Palestinian human rights with the continued sieges on Gaza, the shooting of peaceful protestors, night raids and the arrest of thousands of Palestinians including over two hundred children and women. Live in Palestine seems particularly crucial at this moment as Trump’s “deal of the century” sponsors Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, in defiance of International and Humanitarian Law. All of this is against the backdrop of COVID-19 which has greatly affected political prisoners.

By introducing contemporary Palestinian artists to a Canadian audience, curators AnnaKhimasiaRehabNazzal and Stefan St-Laurent hope to encourage dialogue and exchange.

This exhibition was initiated during the Art & Resistance conference organized by Dar al-Kalima University (Bethlehem).

GUIDED TOURS
25 September, 4pm & 5pm (in English / facilitated by Rehab Nazzal)
2 October, 4pm & 5pm (in French / facilitated by Najat Raham)

Free admission, limited seating – RSVP required
Duration: 45 minutes

PUBLIC+
VIDEO SCREENING

Projection Night: in partnership with Vidéographe

25 September, 7:30pm

Free admission, limited seating – RSVP required
In English & Arabic with subtitles

In partnership with VidéographeAXENÉO7 and Filmlab: PalestineMAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) will feature a video program on September 25 related to the exhibition Live in Palestine, presented from September 24 to October 24 in MAI’s gallery.

The program includes the North American premiere of the complete series Reflection from Palestine COVID-19, featuring short works produced by Filmlab Palestine and directed by some of the most renowned Palestinian filmmakers working today. They welcome us into their worlds, where they share their thoughts, their fears and their anger. The series will be followed by the performance document Majid Daiman Motawajid by Varvara Razak.

EXHIBITION ONLINE SUPPLEMENT
from 1 October
 

Visual and informative documentation surrounding current exhibitions, including 360° views of the gallery, artists’ biographies, and media/support/technique information of the presented works as well as critical texts that contextualize them. In collaboration with photo and video artist Paul Litherland.

AT A GLANCE

LIVE IN PALESTINE
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne Mance, Montreal QC,  H2X 2K5

EXHIBITION
September 24 – October 24
Free Admission / No reservation required
Maximum gallery capacity of 10 people at all times

VIDEO SCREENING
September 25, 7:30pm
Free Admission / RSVP required
In English & Arabic with subtitles

GUIDED TOURS
September 25, 4pm & 5pm (in English / facilitated by Rehab Nazzal)
October 2, 4pm & 5pm (in French / facilitated by Najat Raham)
Free Admission / RSVP required
Duration: 45 minutes

BOX OFFICE
m-a-i.qc.ca/en/billetterie
514.982.3386

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