Postmasters Gallery is very pleased to announce "The Thousand and One Nights" - an exhibi tion of contemporary artists from Palestine curated by Mary Evangelista< /b> with Michael Connor

"The Thousand and One Nigh ts" brings together photographs\, video\, and paintings by six contempo rary artists from Palestine whose works explore the political dimension of time. They reflect the conditions of conflict and occupation\, but are not entirely defined by them.

In the book "The Thousand and One Ni ghts\," a young woman named Scheherazade - who had read "various books of h istories\, and the lives of preceding kings\, and stories of past generatio ns" - tells a series of stories to a cruel king to delay her impending exec ution. The king\, enraptured by her unending tales\, delays her execution n ight after night. Through the process of listening\, the king's wrath is as suaged.

Like Scheherazade's tales\, the works in this exhibiti on are political\, but their messages are coded and delivered with tactical patience. Several of the works explore the way that conflicts play out acr oss generations. Shadi Habib Allah's animation "On-going Tale" depicts an age-old conflict between man and beast that continues f or generations\, with neither side ever emerging triumphant. Sharif Wake d's "Jericho First" draws on imagery from the 8th century \, reflecting on the visual symbols of power and its persistence throughout human history. Several of the artists explore their relationship with an o lder generation more explicitly. For his "Peres" series\, Taysir Batniji photographs patriarchal portraits that hang in prominent positions in Gaza shops. The images are displayed out of respect and honor \, but Batniji's re-photography highlights the power dynamic at play in the m. Jumana Manna's work "Familiar" exemplifies a differ ent relationship with the older generation. In this photograph and video pr oject\, the artist (an adult in her early twenties) is breastfed by her mot her\, an image that seems both nurturing and discomfiting at the same time.

"The Thousand and One Nights" was embraced by Europeans in th e 17th and 18th century as the symbol of 'the Orient'\, the fantasy of a go lden land to the East. This land was portrayed as exotic and faraway\, but it was actually closely connected to the West in many ways. It was also not a single land\, but many lands and people\, a cultural landscape far more varied and complex than any one symbol could convey. Instead of encouraging an exchange between cultures\, "The Thousand and One Nights" only created misconceptions and reinforced imagined barriers between West and East. This exhibition takes on this title in hopes of avoiding a similar fate.

LOCATION:Postmasters\,54 Franklin Street \nNew York\, NY 10013 SUMMARY:The Thousand and One Nights\, Shadi Habib Allah\, Taysir Batniji\, Hanna Farah-Kufer Bir'im\, Shuruq Harb\, Jumana Manna\, Sharif Waked END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR