Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6pm
On the occasion of his visit to Kuwait to install CAP’s latest acquisition Qalandia – 2076, the Palestinian artist Wafa Hourani will give a talk about the concept and development of this major installation from 2008.
Wafa Hourani, based in Ramallah, Palestine, combines photography and sculpture in Future Cities to address the social, political and economic realities of Palestinian life, developing grim and apocalyptic predictions for the residents of the West Bank. Qalandia – 2076 takes its name from the main checkpoint crossing through the West Bank Security Barrier which divides the cities of Ramallah and Ar Ram; a site of political unrest and human rights concerns.
Dating his piece 2067 – one hundred years after the Arab-Israeli Six Day War – Hourani has constructed five scale models envisioning the future of a refugee camp, which seems to have regressed with time, rather than evolved. Basing each segment on an actual site – the airport, border crossing, and 3 settlements – the buildings are rendered as war-ravaged and crumbling, crowned by implausibly archaic remnants of TV antennae. Each building is a miniature light-box illuminating glimpses into the private lives of the residents. The film strips, placed in the windows, are an unnerving reminder that this science fiction horror is, for many, an everyday experience.
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