© Hazem Harb, Tiberius #4, C Print, Archival Photography Collage and Plexiglas on fine art paper 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, Tiberius #4, C Print, Archival Photography Collage and Plexiglas on fine art paper 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, Tiberius #5, C Print, Archival Photography Collage and Plexiglas on fine art paper 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, Tiberius #5, C Print, Archival Photography Collage and Plexiglas on fine art paper 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, Gaza Series #1, C-Print, Archival Photography Collage on fine art paper on wood, 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, Gaza Series #1, C-Print, Archival Photography Collage on fine art paper on wood, 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, Gaza Series #3, C-Print, Archival Photography Collage on fine art paper, 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, Gaza Series #3, C-Print, Archival Photography Collage on fine art paper, 2017 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, This place is mine, C-Print, Archival Photography Collage on fine art paper, 2018 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

© Hazem Harb, This place is mine, C-Print, Archival Photography Collage on fine art paper, 2018 / Courtesy Tabari Artspace, Dubai

 

Hazem Harb

The Everlasting Presence of an Excluded Memory

Tabari Artspace

art berlin fair

September 27 – 30, 2018

Hangar 5 and 6

Tempelhofer Damm 45

D–12101 Berlin

www.artberlinfair.com

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Tabari Artspace

The Gate Village Building, Level 2

DIFC Dubai

UAE 506759

www.tabariartspace.com

“Beyond Memory (2012) was the starting point for my works that delve into archives exploring individual and collective memories of Palestine. It was only after thorough examination and meticulous examination of of these archives that I was able to gain a holistic understanding of the social, architectural, geographical, economical, and human landscape of the area.

Now, I attempt to present an analysis of the exclusion of these memories while simultaneously highlighting their existence.”–Hazem Harb

Descriptions

For the art fair, Hazem Harb will present ‘The Everlasting Presence of an Excluded Memory’, a solo exhibition composed of a selection of abstract collages on canvas that lend new meaning to archival materials sourced from his native Palestine.

An avid collector of memorabilia that dates back to the years before and during the British rule (1917 – 1948), Harb sources film posters, coins, letters, and pre-Nakba maps with the aim of reawakening and reaffirming the collective memories of his country. The artist overlaps these materials with enlarged black and white photographs detailing previously unseen fragments from Palestinian history. Harb reframes these historical elements in a contemporary context using jarring coloured acrylic panels to isolate a particular segment of the image. His aim is to create a visual link between the present day and challenge what Harb describes as the political ‘exclusion of memories’ from Palestine’s past, opening up a new cultural dialogue surrounding the memory and identity of his people. Harb draws our attentions to the rarely seen reality of his country. A place he believes should not be characterised by the fate of the map, Harb uses archival items like coins and photographs to reestablish and re-present the notion of Palestine as a thriving social setting, a hub for culture, natural beauty, and innovation. The visual artist is unique in that he moves away from the tired creative clichés that position Palestine as a war-ravaged country. Harb has opened up a contemporary debate through intriguing collages that draw the viewer in and leave them questioning if all that they thought was true.

Palestinian artist Hazem Harb (born in 1980 in Gaza) currently lives between Rome, Italy and Dubai, UAE.

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