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Red Star By Akram Al Halabi
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The Red Star
The light came out in the morning, and the town is on the mountain.
The phone is ringing, and the sound of the toilet flush is echoing.
Two are talking at the table.
A boy is blowing a whistle. Someone is speaking through a megaphone; he is shouting with a megaphone while sitting on the hill and in between the trees.
Someone is walking in the street carrying a person as if he is not carrying anything.
There is a person who is wrapped in a fabric, and he is being dragged by another.
There is a woman who is wearing shoes, and she is cracking apples with her shoe.
In the neighborhood, children are playing hopscotch. Children are playing with jumping rope.
On the town’s landfill, someone is climbing over the garbage.
The houses are cramped, and in every house, there is a megaphone; all the megaphones are shouting.
Someone is screaming into a megaphone. He is facing the megaphone the wrong way.
A car is reversing in the street, and people are complaining.
A person is walking forward but appears walking backward; as if he is on rewind.
In each neighborhood there is a sound of a rhythm; the “Mate” sound; the “Mate” rattle.
Someone is painting; he draws a line and erases it, draws a line and erases it, draws a line and erases it, draws a line, and erases it…
There is a little boy with a rose in his mouth, and pages of a book turned by the wind.
A woman made a Labaneh wrap and then nailed it to the wall.
Someone is sitting on the toilet reading the newspaper, and another is shaving an apple.
All this time, a man in the town opens the door and closes it.
In the evening, a young man and a young woman are sitting in a restaurant. The plate. The food arrives. As soon as the food arrives, he puts his finger in the food.
People are stuffing. All the people are stuffing. They are piling mattresses, then a slipper on top, then mattresses, then some apples, then a blanket on top. Then they pile some plants, then a blanket, then some lettuce, then some mattresses on top, then some wood, some people, and more mattresses on top. Stuffing means: stuffing everything with everything.
A young lady is walking between the apple trees. She has plasters. She is plastering the branches; the trees’ branches.
Some elderlies are writing texts on eggs. Their hair is growing. The hair is growing because it’s running away. It cannot help to stop growing.
On the borderline, soldiers are dancing dabka. In the minefield, a young man and a young woman laid table and two chairs. They are drinking a glass of wine.
Some people went to the apple fields. They wrapped apples with fabric. They set megaphones on each tree and started a conversation with each other.
One day a cloud passed. It was raining roses. People went outdoors yelling with a megaphone: we want to sleep in peace.
Someone runs towards a chair. He crashes into it.
An angry little boy placed his hands downwards and stamped the ground with his foot.
One day, it rained. People went out singing: Let it rain, let it rain on the roofs of the wilderness. Let it rain, let it rain on the roofs of the wilderness.
One day the red star rose in the sky. People went out singing: we are the ones who colored the watermelons in red, we are the ones who colored the apples in red, we are the ones who colored the cherries in red, red, red.
The red star is still out in the sky. People let down their hair and hung the door keys on their braids. They started to rattle: khish khish khish khish…
One day people decided to reconcile. A decree was issued to allow handshaking. People went out to handshake.
An eye and the eye is on the eye, a nose on the nose, a cheek on the cheek, a mouth on the mouth, a chin on the chin, hair on the hair, neck on the neck, a place on the place. No more and no less.
All the people are walking on the seesaw, and swinging with the swing; seesaw and swinging with the swing; seesaw and swinging with the swing….
Akram Al Halabi
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Akram Al Halabi was born in Majdal-Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights in 1981. He studied painting and drawing at Bait Al Fan, supervised by the renowned artist Wael Tarabeh. In 2003, he participated in the summer academy of Darat Al Funun in Amman/ Jordan, supervised by artist Marwan Kassab Bashi. He attained his BA of Fine Art from the Faculty of Fine Art Damascus/Syria in 2005. He attended the Academy of Fine Art of Vienna/ Austria finishing his studies with distinction in 2012 with the class of Prof. Erwin Bohatsch. From 2015-2017, he attended an MA program at the Film Academy “Digital Art Compositing” in Vienna in 2017.
Akram Al Halabi participated in several exhibitions such as: “New Future” exhibition in Museum di Palazzo, Bologna, Italy in 2013; “IMAGETEXTE3” exhibition in gallery “Topographie de l’art”, Paris, France in 2014, “Creating Common Good” exhibition in “Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser”, Vienna, in 2015; “Diaspora Now “ Contemporary Arts around the Homeland exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts Gifu, Japan. 2017. In 2011 he received The first Award of “Kunstler am Werk, Lenzinger wettbewerb” Academy of fine art Vienna, Austria.
Al Halabi’s work has been acquired by a number of collectors in the EU and the Middle East including the British Museum collection, London and the “Kupferstichkabinett” collection in Vienna, Austria.
Khaled Hourani Palestinian Artist Khaled Hourani Palestinian Artist. In a process that took two years, Hourani initiated a scheme aimed at connecting the world of modern and contemporary art with the unstable realities of Palestine. Among the complex range of theoretical and practical questions and readings his project inspired, this gesture tested Ramallah’s undefined bureaucratic infrastructures by creating a hallmark political event.
- Works available by Akram Al Halabi via Artsy
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Mist By Shada Safadi and Akram Al Halabi
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MIST | SHADA SAFADI & AKRAM AL HALABI
16 JUNE - 3 SEPTEMBER 2022
When a cloud carrying a collection of tiny water droplets meets the top of a mountain, mist or “Ghatt” (as called in the Golan Heights) is formed. Thin transparent white aura envelops all familiar places urges us to make effort to distinguish what’s around us from a different perspective and contemplate places as if seen for the first time.
In this exhibition, Shada Safadi and Akram Al Halabi rediscover their homeland through narratives of memory, myths, and daily life practices by taking a step backward and contemplating the scene in relation to its broader context. They place the past, present, and future in one crucible when producing treated, altered, and transformed visual scenes using a range of techniques. The show is an invitation to contemplate the scene and daily practices in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and to consider the beauty and contradictions that surface as a result of the paradoxical dynamics between the habitual and unfamiliar.
The two artists present a joint conceptual composition and multi-layered surfaces by creating visual rapport between images, colors, and shapes using simple techniques. Both artists apply a combination of predominantly abstraction and monochrome colors including in the video art, they present: “Whisper” and “Gaze 3”. A white aura envelops most of the artworks as if it’s a remnant of mist floating in the atmosphere while Halabi’s audio work puts the artworks back in the context that they emerged from, the occupied Golan Height.
Each artist has his style when approaching the subject. Safadi dusts off childhood memories and the deeply rooted beliefs by discussing the symbolism of the place in an attempt to restore personal stories using abstraction, collage, cyanotype printing as well as installation work. She treats the surfaces of her artwork by using salt; an effect similar to mist, as if she is projecting her subjects through the clouds of memory. She presents a text in Braille in a glass frame that can be seen but not touched, forming a background to the stories and scenes hidden in the nooks of the past.
Al Halabi relies on photographs of daily life in his artistic production. He treats those images using colors, lines, and Arabic letters. He focuses on symbols and representations weaving a bond between the altered images of abstract reality and letters he illustrates . Its an attempt to make the scenes speak, by creating relevant strong loud sounds. For example, he uses the letters “W” and “Z” in Arabic, in a scene related to faulty electrical wires. He employs ready-made images of people or animals and introduces them to abstract shapes using colors and inks. As he emphasizes certain movements of elements in the artwork, one can feel his images moving despite their stillness, and making loud noises despite their silence.
This exhibition is a state of contemplation in a changing reality. It’s a reflection of a time that is slowly passing in a familiar place beset with contradictions, some of which are imposed as a result of occupation and the prevailing political situation. Artworks are shrouded in the “mist” of memory as a result of the dynamics of a confused reality as well as deeply rooted myths and beliefs.Curated by Rana Anani
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- Price List – Akram Al Halabi
- Price List – Shada Safadi
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- Press Release
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