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Jumana Emil Abboud: The Baltic


Inspired by the cultural landscape of her home, Abboud draws on the traditions of Palestinian folklore and myth-making by collecting stories and fairy tales. Investigating these story telling practices and oral histories, the artist provides new interpretations for the tales she has discovered.

This exhibition brings together a body of recent work, including the series of drawings The Ballard of the Lady Who Lives Behind Trees 2005-14 and the film I Feel Nothing 2013, alongside a new video installation. Abboud's delicate drawings depict monsters and magical beings with the landscapes and sites they inhabit including grottos, wells and trees. Presented as a constellation, we are encouraged to weave these elements together and create our own narratives. I Feel Nothing is a video-poem inspired by a Palestinian folktale The Handless Maiden and Titians painting Noli me Tangere c. 1514. Filmed at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, the Freud Museum, London and locations throughout Palestine, the work explores notions of touch and territories of the body. Abbouds three-channel video installation Hide Your Water from the Sun 2016, traces a 1920 study by physician and researcher Dr. Tawfiq Canaan into Palestinian customs and folklore. Canaan analyses haunted locations that are primarily attributed to water sources and inhabited by various demons. Abboud, with cinematographer Issa Freij, has visited these locations, documenting the sites where the original wells and springs have long since disappeared. The exhibition is accompanied by an audio guide with Abboud reading passages from Canaans study. The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the British Council, Delfina Foundation, Rana Sadik and Samer Younis.

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6th May - 2nd October 2016

Venue Details
Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art. BALTIC has no perman...


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Friday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 6.00pm

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