Jaffa Mangoes: History, Memory and Myth
ICTUS GALLERY PRESENTS JAFFA MANGOES: History, Memory and Myth
Video Still, Barakeh + Gavish, 2012
March 2nd, 2012 – April 20th, 2012
Friday March 2nd, 2012 6PM -10PM
Friday April 20th, 2012 6PM-9PM
Images of art works:
Public Program/ Panel discussion TBA
1769 15th St., San Francisco, CA, 94110
Gallery hours: Wednesday- Saturday,
12:00pm-5:00pm and by appt.
IcTus Gallery is pleased to present Jaffa Mangoes: History, Memory and Myth, an exhibition unraveling two orthogonal personal histories that intersected in Jaffa, one of the oldest port-cities in the world. Please join us on Friday, March 2nd from 6-10pm for the exhibition opening.
The two artists ––Palestinian artist Zeina Barakeh and Israeli artist Michal Gavish–– transform Ictus Gallery into an arena of investigation and dialogue
about two very personal, loaded, yet antagonistic stories of exile. The exhibition is a product of a long, difficult, and multilayered journey of communication and work between Gavish and Barakeh, and is co-curated by Hanna Regev and Katya Min.
Gavish and Barakeh met in San Francisco and began conversations about Jaffa, where Zeina’s family originated before the establishment of the Israeli State in 1948, and near which Michal grew up. They began exploring the possibilities of bringing together two personal yet political narratives about Jaffa, narratives that kept colliding because of the larger unresolved and ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While their personal family histories run parallel in some aspects, their present situations are still adversarial. Their ambition to accomplish an art piece together, not necessarily to produce solutions, is a closer examination into the process of conflict-resolution.
Curator Hanna Regev states, “these two histories spring from the pre-founding of the State of Israel in 1948 and the ongoing conflict that ensued. The passing of six decades has contributed to shifts in the geographical, political and cultural landscape, echoed in the shifting sandy beaches around Jaffa-Tel Aviv. Even the well-branded Jaffa orange has been supplanted by the Mango, a plant non-native to the region and giving its name to a newly
globalized fashion industry under the label, “Mango Design.” The dramatic tales described by the artists reminds us of the long march of time, faulty memories, nationalistic myths and a yearning for identities and a place to call home.”
About the Artists:
Zeina Barakeh was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained a BA in Interior Design from the Lebanese American University, Beirut, and earned an MFA from the San Francisco Arts Institute in May 2008, where she currently works as Director of Graduate Administration. Her past exhibitions include: Facets, at Espace SD, Beirut in 2005; Internal Exile: From Palestine to the USA to Mexico, at SomArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco in 2007; and Third-Half Passport Collection, at The Public theater, New York City in 2011. Artist’s website: http://www.zeinabarakeh.com/
Michal Gavish is a San Francisco-based multi-media artist. Her paintings, installations and video works examine her personal history. Born in Israel to a family of Holocaust survivors, her work is inescapably touching on the political. Her previous career as a scientist is another major aspect of her work. Gavish has a PhD in Physical chemistry and was working as a professional scientist till she decided to concentrate on her art about ten years ago. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Her work was shown in many venues in San Francisco, New York, Europe and South America and is represented by the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco. Artist’s website: http://michalgavish.com
Co-curated by Hanna Regev
Hanna Regev earned an M.A. in Museum Studies and M.A. in Modern European History from San Francisco State University. She currently serves on the board of the First Amendment Project and lectures at the University California Berkeley Extension teaching a course on museum and museum careers. In addition, Regev has authored a number of articles and organized highly successful symposia, panel discussions and special events. Curator’s website: http://hannaregev.com/
About icTus Gallery:
icTus Gallery features an emerging aesthetic of multi-dimensional realities and art forms occurring between and within places and people, the territories of artists, the revealing of things—the artists in transit, inside their work, and their worlds, bent on a subversive contemporary point of view. Web: www.ictusgallery.com. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org