Noor Abed, Bashar Alhroub, Rafat Asad, Wafa Hourani, Monther Jawabreh, Bashar Khalaf, Manal Mahamid, Rabai Salfiti & Amer Shomali
Curator of the exhibition: Rula Khoury
5 June - 10 August 2017
Gallery One is pleased to invite you to the opening of the group exhibition Sensorial Immunity curated by Rula Khoury. The artists participating in this exhibition are: Noor Abed, Bashar Alhroub, Rafat Asad, Wafa Hourani, Monther Jawabreh, Bashar Khalaf, Manal Mahamid, Rabia Salfiti and Amer Shomali. The opening will take place at Gallery One and Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center on Monday 5th of June 2017 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The exhibition will run until the 10th of August 2017.
Rula Khoury, the curator of Sensorial Immunity discusses the concept of this exhibition saying that, “Our existence today is constantly questioned. We are at an era wherein reality and irreality are seamlessly intermingled, a condition in which there is no clear distinction between where one ends and the other begins. This condition, resulting from such a conflation, is defined by the incapacity of our consciousness to differentiate reality from its reproduction.”
She continues to explain, “Individuals engage one another more comfortably in cyberspace than in the physical world. An enclave of hyperreality surrounds, isolates and controls them. Cyberspace provides the look and feel of reality; managing and manipulating perception, making what is real seem insignificant in comparison. The internet and social media provide an opportunity for individuals to decided how they wish to be seen in the eyes of the world. This world of escape is a safe illusion, which protects us from the complexities of reality. It reframes our narrative.”
The works of the artists that will be exhibited in this exhibition all share the same concept. Amer Shomali’s work Black Holes examines the black scars that destroyed an entire nation by transplanting black figures onto Iraqi banknotes which are the shadows of ISIS figures that have gone viral on social media platforms representing a cycle of violence that feeds off of greed and suffering. Similarly, the works of Bashar Alhroub and Wafa Hourani, for example, criticize Arab leaders, by reconstructing the Arab leaders’ portraits from different periods, creating new collaged faces as in Hourani’s work, and reconstructing the map of the Arab countries geographically as in Alhroub’s work. The rest of the works explore the hyperreality world we live and the desensitization process we are indulged in our daily lives.