Emirates News Agency – “Maraya Art Center” opens a solo exhibition by Palestinian artist Hazem Harb


Sharjah, 20 October / WAM / Today, Maraya Art Center hosted the non-profit creative initiative of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority “Shurooq”, which aims to support emerging artists and designers in the region, the solo exhibition of artist Hazem Harb, entitled “Temporary Museum of Palestine”, which will run until February 10.

The opening was attended by Sheikha Latifa bint Maktoum, founder and director of “Tashkeel”, Her Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Sheikha Nawar Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Abdel Moneim Al Serkal, founder of “Al Serkal Avenue” and Ahmed Al Qaseer, Executive Director of Operations at the Authority. Sharjah Investment and Development / Shurooq / and a number of artists and those interested in art.

The exhibition, which includes the latest works of the Palestinian artist Hazem Harb, reflects the attempts of the international artist residing in Dubai to embody the heritage essence and the relationship between man and place within a socio-cultural approach that focuses on the concept of the homeland Palestine through archival materials that include old maps, photos and family paintings displayed inside glass bottles and tanks.

In his works, the artist uses the techniques of collage arts that integrate photography and visual media overlapping in a visual context inspired by museums. Always in the future to display his collection in front of all visitors.

Over the past years, the artist Hazem Harb has been keen to collect souvenirs and rare pieces related to Palestine from international digital auctions held online, some of which date back to the late eighteenth century in the year 1779. Historical, family portraits and artworks depicting the Holy Land of Orientalist painters such as David Roberts (1796-1864).

The exhibition provides an impressive experience for visitors, as it displays historical images of the Holy Land in black and white, which have been enlarged to form backgrounds that the visitor can see upon entering the exhibition hall to appear as if he is walking among the three-dimensional traces of a bygone era.

The exhibition deals with deep themes such as diaspora, archiving and nostalgia for a lost history, and presents the artist’s vision of his rooted roots between the past, present and future, as he presents collections that reveal the civilized state of Palestine at all levels, whether the social status of the population, the economic experience and even the nature of the land and its plants and flowers.

Umm / Batoul Kashwani / Islam Al-Hussein


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