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My practice is research-based and multi-disciplinary and includes photography, moving image and sound, composed as single-screen works and installations.
A focus of my work is how art can produce different ways of thinking about contested landscapes and sites of geopolitical struggle and make visible multiple layers of representation, economy, history and subjectivity. My work often draws on images and sounds from archival sources as well as the sustained study of a place to reveal the overwritten histories and redrawn boundaries of a particular site with an emphasis on collective struggles. Palestine has been an enduring focus of my work since 2004. Current projects explore the Kruger National Park, South Africa and the recent closure of Holloway Women's Prison.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design I completed an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art and then went on to be an associate Post-Grad Researcher in Media Arts Philosophy and Practice at Greenwich University. In 2014 I was awarded a practice-based PhD at the University of Creative Arts for my film and thesis White Oil, Excavations and the Disappearance of the West Bank.
I am course leader for the Photography MA at Kingston University and senior lecturer in Moving Image BA at the University of Brighton. From 2008- 214 I was a visiting lecturer at the International Academy of Arts, Palestine and initiated an exchange program between the UK Universities and the International Academy of Arts, Palestine. Other appointments include guest professor Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg (2013), associate Professor Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Bergen, Norway (2007-2008).
I am available to supervise students for MRes and PhD research.
Course director MA Photography
Research-led, the concerns running through my practice are around contested spaces, the marginalised and dispossessed and the major and the minor. These are all features of the precariousness of all life forms and unequal global distribution of liveability. My work necessarily asks questions of the effectiveness and relevance of art to collective struggles, specifically, through the creation of new perceptions of human and non-human life forms. My interest is in how subjectivity is transformed through dialogical encounters with the world. Encounters that engage in the 'particular' with the social, historical material specificity of the other without reducing the other into a 'theme, concept or thing', but engaging with differentiation as something that happens on the level of the encounter
Solo exhibition and screenings include:
Still, Mosaic Room, London, Quarries of Wandering Form, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway (2017) Palestine Film Festival, Barbican, London and Filmhaus, Nuremberg (2013); Campus in Camps, Diheisheh Refugee, Bethlehem; Dar Annadwa Cultural Centre, Bethlehem; Birzeit University Museum, Palestine; Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah; Riwaq, Centre for Architectural Conservation, Ramallah; Educational Bookshop/Al Ma'mal Foundation, East Jerusalem; Visible Evidence, New Dehli, India (2014); Visuality Materiality and Mining symposium, University of Brighton (2015), Grand Parade Gallery, University of Brighton (2010), USF Centre Bergen, Norway (2000), Imperial War Museum, London, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art Gallery, London and Unscene, London Jewish Cultural Centre (2008), Whitechapel Gallery, London; City Hall, London; Purcell Rooms at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Cuzon Soho Cinema, London; Amnesty International's Human Rights Action Centre, London (2005); Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2005).
Selected group exhibitions include:
Open House, Delfina Foundation (2017) World Of Matter, Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen art Gallery, Montreal (2015); Spacemakers, Edinburgh College of Art (Tent Gallery), (2010); Cambridge Film festival, (2010), Cinema Palestine, (2009); Lumen Screening, Leeds (2009); These Are The Times: The Image On The Threshold, London Birkbeck Cinema, Vertigo Magazine launch event, (2009); Tatton Biennale Screenings, Manchester (2008); Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, (2008) Chisenhale Biennale (2007), The Projection Gallery, (2006), Liverpool Biennale Coin & Platform, The Common Place, Leeds UK, Performing Rights, (2006), Queen Mary, University of London, Private Visions, (2006), Betsy's Salon, London, Diaphane (2005) Braziers, Oxfordshire and Tbilisi, Georgia; Art Caucasus; Shifting Time (2004), a commission for the Ice factory, Hastings; The Well (2004) Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Arts, London; Lost Hours (2002) Pump House Gallery, London; Fairplay (2002) Angel Row, Nottingham; Tweener (2001) Norwich Gallery, Norwich; Stream T.V (2000) ICA, London; Inventories (1998) Shoreditch Photo Biennale, London.
Commissions, Bursaries And Residencies
2016-ongoing Affiliated researcher, Johannesburg University, South Africa
2015 Girls Crusader Union, film commission, Delfina Foundation, London
2014 Artist in Residence, Al-Qattan foundation, Ramallah, Palestine
2009-10 Associate Artist, Byam Shaw, University of the Arts, London
2009 Artist in residence, USF centre, Bergen, Norway
2008-9 Cocheme Fellowship, Byam Shaw, University of the Arts, London
2008 A Sense of History, scene 1, shot 2, curator for the British Film Festival, Israel, commissioned by the British Council.
2006-7 Artist in Residence, London Jewish Cultural Centre, working with film archive
2005 Refining memory, artist film commissioned by Platform & David A Bailey for the Ken Saro Wiva Living Memorial project
2005 Artist in Residence, Al-Qattan foundation, Ramallah, Palestine
2005 Braziers International Workshop