Gallery One is pleased to do a second round of the artist talk but this time we are honoured to have the artist Bashar Alhroub speak with George Khleifi, the Palestinian cinematic director around Bashar’s new artworks of Silent Screen and their importance in the Palestinian contemporary art scene. The debate will also go into Bashar’s older artworks and their development through time as well as the role of the Palestinian artist in producing and contributing in a new way to the Palestinian art contemporary movement.
“Bashar Alhroub’s new paintings may conventionally be seen as windows onto a world ( and, no doubt, into the interior world of the artist’s consciousness and even unconsciousness). They may also be understood, less conventionally, however as figurtive walls or barriers that actually work creatively to block off the reality of the occupation and succeeds daily in invading his life and that of all Palestinians. I propose that the massed ranks of the ghoulish dead or dying facing up to us in his paintings, though they may seem to offer or solicit a silent scream, really act as complex kinds of screens.” Jonathan Harris
Bashar Alhroub is a Palestinian Artist who was born in Jerusalem in 1978. He completed his MFA in 2010 at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in the UK. In 2012 Alhroub was awarded the first grand prize at the 14th Art Asian Biennial, Bangladesh. Alhroub has exhibited at various museums, bienniales and art venues including: The Aga Khan museum, Toronto – Canada, Imperial War Museum – London, UK, Frieze Art Fair – London, UK, Al-Ma’amal Foundation for Contemporary Art – Jerusalem, Gallery One – Ramallah, Palestine, The Institution of Contemporary ICA, London, Eli and Adythe Broad Museum, USA, among others. Alhroub has participated in several international artistes residents such as Art Omi, New York, Delfina Foundation Residency, London.
George Khleifi is a Palestinian film director and writer, born in Nazareth in 1947. He studied cinema in an arts cinematic institute in Brussels, Belgium. Khleifi wrote and directed many TV drama series. He was also the director and producer of many long featured films especially those of Michele Khleifi’s films. He produced man documentary films and published a variety of writings on Palestinian cinema.
Gallery One – Sunday 13 December, 6:00 – 7:30 pm