Video Still, Jaffa Mangoes 2011
JAFFA MANGOES: History, Memory and Myth
March 2nd, 2012 – April 20th, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday March 2nd, 2012 6PM -10PM
Closing Reception: Friday April 20th, 2012 6PM-9PM
1769 15th St., San Francisco, CA, 94110
Gallery hours: Wednesday- Saturday,
12:00pm-5:00pm and by appt.
IcTus Gallery is pleased to present Jaffa Mangoes: History, Memory and Myth, an exhibition unraveling two orthogonal personal histories that intersected in Jaffa, one of the oldest port-cities in the world. Please join us on Friday, March 2nd from 6-10pm for the exhibition opening.
The two artists ––Palestinian artist Zeina Barakeh and Israeli artist Michal Gavish–– transform Ictus Gallery into an arena of investigation and dialogue about two very personal, loaded, yet antagonistic stories of exile. The exhibition is a product of a long, difficult, and multilayered journey of communication and work between Gavish and Barakeh, and is co-curated by Hanna Regev and Katya Min.
Gavish and Barakeh met in San Francisco and began conversations about Jaffa, where Zeina’s family originated before the establishment of the Israeli State in 1948, and near which Michal grew up. They began exploring the possibilities of bringing together two personal yet political narratives about Jaffa, narratives that kept colliding because of the larger unresolved and ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While their personal family histories run parallel in some aspects, their present situations are still adversarial. Their ambition to accomplish an art piece together, not necessarily to produce solutions, is a closer examination into the process of conflict-resolution.
Ictus Gallery features an emerging aesthetic of multi-dimensional realities and art forms occurring between and within places and people,the territories of artists, the revealing of things—the artists in transit, inside their work, and their worlds, bent on a subversive contemporary point of view.