Opening tonight at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) London: Points of Departure, a group show focusing on explorations into the phenomena of liminality. The exhibition is a part of Shubbak – London’s festival of contemporary Arab culture, which takes place between June 22 and July 6. Tonight’s private view is open from 7-9 pm, RSVP to email@example.com and come along.
Points of Departure deals with the experience of liminality, a condition in which one’s sense of identity is diffused, leading to states of dislocation and disorientation, but also to new perspectives. Working with this overarching theme, the exhibiting artists undertook research-orientated projects in the UK and Palestine, seeking to make meaning and create new narratives around topics as nationalism, identity, history and place. The exhibition culminates a year of collaboration between Delfina Foundation, ArtSchool Palestine, the ICA and the British Council and includes a public programme of talks and events.
What will be on display: new commissions by Palestinian artists Jumana Emil Abboud, Bashar Alhroub, Bisan Abu Eiseh, and UK artists Jeremy Hutchison (see also his last year’s project Erratum) and Olivia Plender – all of whom undertook eight-week residencies in London and Ramallah – as well as work by Ramallah-based artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. The exhibition has been curated by Rebecca Heald and Mirna Bamieh, who were also in residence alongside the artists.