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Shuruq Harb

Thu 2 May 2013, 19.00

 Shuruq Harb

Shuruq Harb

The Keeper ©Shuruq Harb

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Shuruq Harb tells the story of her encounter with Mustafa, a young street vender in downtown Ramallah, who sells images culled from the Internet to the public.

Over the last decade, Mustafa downloaded and sold the most popular political and entertainment images that have been in high demand by the Palestinian public.

Harb comes in contact with Mustafa while she is researching the different kinds of images that circulate in the public sphere in Ramallah city. Upon her encounter with him, she tries to salvage what is left over from his unsold collection.

Flipping through the fragile low-resolution photographs, she is overwhelmed by the diversity of the collection. In an attempt to identify the sources and content of the images, she begins to refresh her memory by returning to the Internet. 

In this witty and thought-provoking lecture performance, Harb narrates the process that lead her to Mustafa. She draws conclusions about the dying photography studio print industry and laments the possible loss of historical memory amid growing attempts for stricter copyright laws that would change the way images and information circulate the Internet.

Shuruq Harb is a visual artist and writer based in Ramallah, Palestine. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally. A Book of Signatures, a mixed media installation collected 250 signatures from different individuals named Mohammad in Palestine and was exhibited at Ikon Gallery, 2010, and Istanbul Biennial, 2011; All The Names, a public installation about Ramallah’s street names was part of ‘Wein ala Ramallah’ Festival, 2011. She was a contributing editor to A Prior Magazine’s latest issue ‘Picasso in Palestine’, she is also co-founder of ArtTerritories, an online publishing platform.
 
The Keeper was produced with the generous support of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
 
 
The performance is made possible with the support of The British Council.

Booking Info

DATE TIME PRICE QUANTITY  

02 May 2013 - 02 May 2013

7:00pm - 8:30pm

 

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