Art & Art History
Voices: Emily Jacir
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
1240 West Harrison Street
Emily Jacir (born 1970) uses video, photography, and sound to articulate the complexities of the Palestinian experience and diaspora. Jacir’s conceptual work references the inhumanity and irony of the calculated restrictions, divisions, and dispersal of the people and culture of Palestine. Her most recent project, Where We Come From, invited other Palestinians from around the world and within Palestine to share a desire or wish. She asked them, “If I could do something for you, what would it be?” The requests ranged from seemingly mundane to more obviously harrowing revealing the fear, longing, and grievance of a group of people with limited or no access at all to their nation, families, and even basic public services.
Jacir has recently had solo exhibitions at Debs & Co., New York (2003) and the University Art Gallery of Sewanee, Tennessee (2000). She has been in numerous group exhibitions including: Unjustified, Apex Art, New York (2002); Empire/State: Artists Engaging in Globalization, the City University of New York Graduate Center (2002); Culture and Conflict Group: Settlement, Gallery 400 (2002); Queens International, the Queens Museum of Art (2002), Uncommon Threads, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York (2001); and Greater New York, MoMA/PS1, New York (2000). Her work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions including Private/Public, H usler Contemporary, Munich (2003); and Social Sectors, Kunsthalle Exnergasse,Vienna (2002). She lives and works in Ramallah and New York.