Institute of Advanced  Uncertainty is pleased to present Preoccupations: Palestinian Landscapes.
Artists: Ryah Aqel, Zeina Barakeh, C. Gazaleh, Najib Joe Hakim, Manar Harb, Yazan Khalili, Suhad Khatib, and Mary Tuma.  
Curator: Kathy Zarur
Preoccupations is a group exhibition of landscape art by Palestinians. However, these landscapes do not comprise a collection of straightforward facts, nor do they seek to erase histories (though some present historical rewrites). Rather, the artworks reflect a variety of relationships with the land, whether exilic, diasporic, occupied or under siege. This preoccupation with the land can be traced in poetry, literature, cinema and art to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 on the historic land of Palestine. That year marked an important moment in a series of conflicts, beginning with the Balfour Declaration in 1917, that would lead to the dispossession of indigenous Palestinians and their right to self-determination. A look at how the land of Palestine has been conjured in creative production since then offers a valuable way to gauge each historical period. 
San Francisco: July 27–August 24, 2019. 
Minnesota Street Project, Gallery 107, 1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco.
Detroit: January 11–February 8, 2020.
Holding House Gallery, 3546 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan.

Panel discussion, left to right: Najib Joe Hakim, Zeina Barakeh, Kathy Zarur, Suhad Khatib, Manar Harb.

Suhad Khatib talking about her work.

Najib Joe Hakim talking about his work.

Zeina Barakeh talking about her work.