October 3rd, 2011
â€œThe New Schoolâ€ (USA)
â€œIn 1992 Jack Persekian founded Anadiel Gallery, the first and only independent gallery for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Persekian later founded the Al-Maâ€™mal Foundation to continue the galleryâ€™s mission and to further promote, instigate, and disseminate the production of art in Palestine. In his talk, Persekian will share his experience â€“ the challenges and the outcomes â€“ of creating a space for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Have the methods for working in contested spaces, such as Israel, changed over the years? Does art have the potential to engage a zone of conflict in a different way than politics? Persekian was Head Curator of the Sharjah Biennial (2004â€“2007), Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial (2007â€“2011), and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2009â€“2011).â€
Al-Maâ€™mal Foundation:Â www.almamalfoundation.org
The â€œZones of Emergency: Artistic Interventions â€“ Creative Responses to Conflict & Crisisâ€ Fall 2011 lecture series investigates initiatives and modes of intervention in contested spaces, zones of conflict, or areas affected by environmental disasters. The intention is to explore whether artistic interventions can transform, disrupt or subvert current environmental, urban, political, and social conditions in critical ways. A crucial question is how can such interventions propose ideas, while at the same time respecting the local history and culture.
More information at the Zones of Emergency Blog: http://zonesofemergency.mit.edu/
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)