Remember

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Jul 12 2015

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Category: Jordan, Middle East

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REMEMBER: written in capital letters on a wall on a hillside in Amman, Jordan. I saw it from the opposite hill during a visit to two modern art galleries situated there.

REMEMBER: is it an artistic statement; is it related to the works of art in the gallery compounds and buildings? It could well be. As an isolated word in the context of a Middle Eastern city it is rich in possible, ambivalent meanings, which fits in well with the practice of conceptual art.

REMEMBER: the ideals and expectations of the Arab Spring; the state of turmoil in which much of the Islamic world is plunged; the extreme violence; the terror; the suicide bombs; the hundreds of thousands of refugees; …..

REMEMBER: the word kept resonating in my head while looking at the old photo negatives of women’s portraits that the Iraqi artist Halim Al-Karim had put up in the tree in front of one of the art galleries.

REMEMBER: here too, in this war-torn part of the world, interesting and thought provoking art can be produced by perceptive individuals and shown to a sensitive public.

REMEMBER: do not forget!

Photo tree, Halim al Karim (Bagdad, Iraq), Darat al Funon Gallery, Amman, Jordan 2010

Photo tree, Halim Al-Karim (Bagdad, Iraq), Darat al Funun Gallery, Amman, Jordan 2010

Photo tree, Halim al Karim (Bagdad, Iraq), Darat al Funun Gallery, Amman, Jordan 2010

Photo tree, Halim Al-Karim (Bagdad, Iraq), Darat al Funun Gallery, Amman, Jordan 2010

Photo of the week: Hillside opposite Dar Al-Anda Gallery and Darat al Funun Gallery, Amman, Jordan 2010

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