Mona Hatoum: Home and Identity, from Figure to Frame and from Frame to Figure.

By : Roxanne Sbitti

This paper intends to analyze and demonstrate how artist Mona Hatoum presents struggles to the viewer through the relationship of visual and contextual substance, interlinking metaphor and history together in three of her works:  Present Tense (1996), Homebound (2000) and Drowning Sorrows (2001-2002). This will be further emphasized by a discussion concerning the range and extent of comprehension by both Palestinians and foreigners in relation to the intimacy of the subject matter and its possible limitations.

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Meaning and Reference in the Landscape of Manal Mahamid

By : Jonathan Harris

Mahamid’s focus, for instance, on the ‘Palestinian Gazelle’ – a quasi-scientific nomenclature accepted throughout the world for this animal native to the region but the subject of a recent apparent outrage for those in Israel who cannot or will not accept the (idea of a) history of Palestine and the Palestinians – has enabled these complex and charged meanings of ‘landscape’ to resurface. 

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