Gallery One is pleased to invite you to the opening of the solo exhibition by artist Manal Mahamid entitled, The Tale of a Gazalle on Tuesday February 7, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Gallery One.
Mahamid is a contemporary Palestinian artist residing in Haifa. She earned her Master’s in Fine Arts at the University of Haifa in 2006, which was made possible by obtaining a scholarship of Excellence from the university. She obtained a degree in Museology and Curation from the University of Tel Aviv four years later.
Mahamid works across multiple mediums, including video, installation, painting and photography. Mahamid’s work reassesses linear understandings of time, whilst making a hopeless attempt to pin down the ephemeral existence of all things. She is caught in the process of being constantly replaced by the immediate present, as a reminder of the transitory character of human life. She attempts to combat the narrative that negates the existence of Palestinians and their Palestinian identity as well.
The Tale of a Gazelle is a new production of work inspired by The Palestinian gazelle, which was and still is a part of the artist childhood. Mahamid grew up in a house where a photo on the wall showed hery father, standing proudly next to the Palestinian gazelle. She saw the same kind of gazelle during a family trip with her children, only this time “someone” has decided to call this animal “the Israeli Gazelle”. It may be no coincidence that in this zoo most of the animals were contaminated with a disease that led to the amputation of their part. An image that reflects the case of distortion resulting from the game of role-exchange and names’ crossbreeding. A case that engenders a cultural and civilized state with an identity confusion paving the way to erase historical memory.
Mahamid was shortlisted for the A.M Qattan Young Artist of the Year Award in 2002. She is a recipient of the 2007 Delfina Foundation's Resident Artist Award as part of the Riwaq Biennale, which was collaboration between the Delfina Foundation and the A.M. Qattan Foundation.
Her work has been part of several exhibitions in London, Chicago, Cairo, Dusseldorf, Haifa, Ramalah, Um El Fahim, Jericho in over 50 group exhibitions such as, Ana men Hona (I am from here) in Tel-Aviv, and Ana men Hona 2 in Haifa, Manam exhibition. She also exhibited her work as part of the Qalandiya International Festival in 2014, organized by the Arab Culture Association in Haifa. Her solo exhibitions include; Ana men Hona, Um El Fahem gallery 2012; Dry Ice, Tel- Aviv, The Delfina Foundation, London 2008; and Love Me… Love Me Not, Haifa University 2007. Additionally, her work has been exhibited at the Peace of Art, Germany; the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; the Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden; Art Cologne 2007, Palma de Mallorca; and the Delfina Foundation, London, United Kingdom. She has also participated in residencies in the UK, Germany and Egypt.
The exhibition will continue until Thursday February 9, 2017.
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