Opening Reception  
Wednesday July 9th, 5-8 pm    
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Emily Jacir
Where We Come From
frumkin gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Palestinian artist Emily Jacir in conjunction with the Absolut Los Angeles International Biennial. Mounted with the collaboration of Al-Ma'mal Foundation in Jerusalem and Debs & Co. in New York, this is Jacir's first solo exhibition in California.
As a Palestinian with American citizenship, Jacir has been able to travel relatively freely in the occupied areas. She asked other Palestinians living across the globe, "If I could do something for you anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?" Simple, painful requests that illustrate the price of occupation are hung as wall texts adjacent to photographs documenting her fulfillment of twenty-seven of those wishes.
She is asked to light candles in churches and mosques, to play soccer with the "first Palestinian child you meet in Haifa," to "visit my mother, hug and kiss her," to "go on a date with a Palestinian girl from East Jerusalem that I have only spoken to on the phone," and perhaps saddest of all, "to place flowers on my mother's grave in Jerusalem." (In a footnote, Jacir notes that she found a group of tourists standing around a grave nearby which turned out to be that of Oskar Schindler.)
In a review of her exhibition in New York, Artforum's TB wrote, "Jacir hollows a tentative aesthetic space in which itŐs possible to sense, without feeling obliged to make excuses for the savagery of either side, the bitterness of exile." Holland Cotter, writing in the New York Times, praised the exhibition as "her best so far. An art of cool Conceptual surfaces and ardent, intimate gestures, intensely political and beyond polemic, it adds up to one of the most moving gallery exhibitions I've encountered this season."
This spring, Emily Jacir will be included in the Whitney Museum ISP's exhibition "Homeland", in "private/public" at Häusler Contemporary in Munich, and in "Made in Palestine" at the Art Car Museum in Houston. Jacir has recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, the University Art Gallery in Boulder, and Queens Museum of Art, Apex. She was included in Greater New York at PS1 in 2000. Born in 1970, Jacir was a PS1 studio program resident in 2000-2001, a World Views resident in 1999-2000, and she attended the Whitney Independent Study Program from 1998-1999.
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