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Jumana Emil Abboud

Jumana Emil Abboud



The Rock II, 120x80cm

Jumana Emil Abboud uses drawing, video, performance, objects, and text to navigate themes of memory, loss, and resilience. Her interests lie in attempting to pose questions related to memory as read through the body, as well as through home and homeland, cultural ritual or practice, folklores, folktales, and storytelling practices. She looks at these especially through their association with icons and archetypes, geography and language, both as visual and textual tools, and in their reading and re-reading. Her work consistently reflects a Palestinian cultural landscape in which the struggle for continuity amid the wider political context requires a constant process of metamorphosis and ingenuity.

Abboud has participated in numerous international exhibition and festival during the last decade. Since 2008, her work has been included in: Women Artists, MAMA (Musée national d’art moderne et contemporain d’Alger) (2008), Algiers; Intimate Narratives - Masarat Palestine, Les Halles des Schaerbek, Brussels (2008); Broodthaers and Friends, Leuven (2008); Palestine, la création dans tous ses états, the Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris (2009); Sentences on the Banks, Darat al Funun, Amman (2010); Scènes du Sud II – Méditerranée Orientale, Carré d’Art–Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes (2008); Acción!MAD–International Festival of Performance Art of Madrid (2010); The One Who Knows That Knows, Still Does Not Know How to Know, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia (2009); Smuggling Lemons, Oslo Kunstforening; Paper Feather Sugar Water, Foundation 3,14, Bergen, Norway (2011); Second World, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria (2011); Framed/Unframed: Changing Representations of Woman in the Palestinian visual arts, Birzeit University Ethnographic and Art Museum, Birzeit, Palestine (2011); Points of Departure, Al-Mahatta Gallery, Ramallah, and the Institute of Contemporary Art , London (2013); Bodies that Matter, Galeri Mana, Istanbul (2013); Haunted  Springs and Water Demons in Palestine, Kunstraum, London and BALTIC, Gateshead (2016); the 53rd and 56th Biennale di Venezia (2009 + 2015), the 11th International Istanbul Biennial (2009), the 10th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2011), Meeting Point 6, Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2011); The Jerusalem Show and Qalandiya International, Palestine (2012 & 2016).

Abboud currently works as teacher of BA in Fine Art at the International Academy of Art Palestine and at Bezalel Academy of Art & design as well as being part of the Al Ma’mal Foundation team since 2003. In addition, she has been a guest teacher in performance art practice and Visual art practices at Canterbury College, UK; at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University Gothenburg and at Konstfack Academy, Stockholm, and in Ramallah with A.M.Qattan Foundation public programme.


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