Bahrain Bay, Manama
12-16 October 2015
Gallery One is pleased to announce its participation in the first edition of ARTBAHRAIN fair from the 12th until the 16th October 2015. Gallery One will show case a wide spectrum of contemporary art by established and emerging Palestinian artists including Sliman Mansour, Rafat Asad, Karim Abu Shakra,Usama Said, Bashar Al Hroub, Khaled Hourani, Bashir Makhoul and Walid Abu Shakra. Presented with a diverse line-up of artists, fair attendees will have the opportunity to experience some of the exciting aesthetic developments that are currently taking place in the Palestinian art scene. The art works presented depict Palestinian landscape, each artists partaking his/her own experience to show the beauty of the land, it’s loss and in some instances the nostalgia to what it used to be. For instance, Sliman Mansour, who is considered one of the pioneers of Palestinian contemporary art, portrays in his paintings the city of Jerusalem being watched by a wolf, a metaphor to the occupier.
Similarly, Rafat Assad, in his new series Marj Ibn Amer depicts the wide fertile valley that lies between the hills of Galilee and Nablus hills, a landscape the artist has been familiar with for much of his life, but has no access to anymore. On the other hand Karim Abu Shakra presents scenes that include a unique combination between three elements: the human being, the nature and the animals, introducing an autobiographical expression of the artist. Whilst Usama Said in his abstracted paintings, inserts the viewer into the timeless struggle existing between the infinite hope of a people and the all too often oppressive power, which binds them. His work is inspired by the precarious state of being in his homeland and links beautiful memories of a now distant land with the shocking reality of life as it occurs today. Bashar Alhroub takes the stereotypical image of Jerusalem that is being used as an icon everywhere. It is an image of history, reflections, harmony, beauty and sacredness. Beyond this image there is a reality of struggle and fragmentation. This work dismantles the stereotyping image as a reflection of what lies behind it. Similarly Khaled Hourani, in a very surreal and comic manner, portrays one of the most iconic sites in Jerusalem “The Aqsa Mosque” to reflect on the absurdity of the current events. On another hand, Bashir Makhoul and Waild Abu Shakra both British-based artists have developed work in a range of media which explores both the aesthetics of modernism and post-modernism as well as offering nuanced political critiques of what it means to be—and to become—Palestinian.