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Otherwise Occupied - Press Conference & Artist/Curators' Talk

Published: 24 July 2013

Palestinian Art Court – Al Hoash, invites you to celebrate the success of Otherwise Occupied, a Venice Biennale 2013 exhibition, with the artists, Bashir Makhoul and Aissa Deebi, and curator Rawan Sharaf.

The international artists’ talk and press conference will video-link London and Ramallah and feature video and images from the Biennale exhibition.

The exhibition was organized as a collateral event, since unacknowledged countries are not allowed an official pavilion. The Biennale’s regulations only offer official representation space for  ‘legitimate’, ‘recognized’ and ‘independent’ nations to show their latest, highest, most sophisticated and best productions of visual art.  Nevertheless, Otherwise Occupied came to be perceived as the representative exhibition of Palestine.

Otherwise Occupied features the work of two Palestinian artists, Bashir Makhoul and Aissa Deebi. Both artworks presented by Makhoul and Deebi are unavoidably occupied with political engagement and are artistically and critically questioning of the Palestinian identity, thinking through the de-­territorialisation of Palestine and the issues of dispersal, plurality, and dispossession.

The exhibition and conference are backed by a project team of supporting critics, production manager, commissioning editor, co-ordinators and installation technicians, among them a number of WSA staff.

The event is free to attend; rsvp@mosaicrooms.org.

For more information visit http://www.mosaicrooms.org/otherwise-occupied/

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