Palestinian Art by Gannit AnkoriPalestinian Art by Gannit Ankori

Palestinian Art

byGannit Ankori

Paperback | April 15, 2006

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Turmoil and violence have defined the lives of Palestinian people over the last few decades, yet in the midst of the chaos artists live and thrive, creating little-seen work that is a powerful response to their situation. Gannit Ankori's Palestinian Art is the first in-depth English-language assessment of contemporary Palestinian art, and it offers an unprecedented and wholly original overview of this art in all its complexity.

Ankori comprehensively traces the full history and development of Palestinian art, from its roots in folk art and traditional Christian and Islamic painting to the predominance of nationalistic themes and diverse media used today. Drawing on over a decade of extensive research, studio visits, and interviews, Ankori explores the vast oeuvre of prominent contemporary Palestinian artists, navigating between the personal and biographical dimensions of specific artworks and the symbolic meanings embedded within them. She provides detailed interpretations of many works and considers the complex historical, geographical, political, and cultural contexts in which the art was created. Questions of gender, exile, colonialism, postcolonialism, and hybridity are integral to Ankori's investigation as she probes the influence and thematic dominance of issues such as rootedness and displacement in Palestinian art. 

Palestinian Art is a fascinating introduction to a virtually unknown visual culture that has been subsumed under the torrent of current political turmoil. A groundbreaking and essential work of art scholarship, Palestinian Art illuminates new and unique facets of the Palestinian cultural identity.
Gannit Ankori, an associate professor of art history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is currently a research associate at the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. She has published and lectured extensively on Palestinian art since 1987, and is the author of numerous articles and two books on Frida Kahl...
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Title:Palestinian ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 0.8 inPublished:April 15, 2006Publisher:Reaktion BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1861892594

ISBN - 13:9781861892591

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Table of Contents

Preface
 
PART I:  FOUNDATIONS
 
1.  Introduction:  Broken Narratives and 'Dis-Orientalism'
2.  The Shadow of the Nakba:  Art before 1948
3.  Exile and Memories:  Art after 1948
 
PART II:  EARTH AND SKY
 
4.  Earth:  Sliman Mansour and the Poetics of Sumud
5.  Sky:  Kamal Boullata and the Quest for Light
 
PART III:  BODY AND HOME
 
6.  Mona Hatoum:  Nomadic Bodies, Exilic Spaces
7.  Khalil Rabah's Split Self:  Black Skin / White Masks
 
PART IV:  BEING ARAB IN ISRAEL
 
8.  Visual Voices from 'the Interior'
 
Postscript
References
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photo and Copyright Acknowledgements
Index

Editorial Reviews

"A readable book on Palestinian art. . . . It creates new awareness of the increasingly popular field of Middle Eastern art in general. As there is plenty of political content as well, it provides a good overview of the situation in that benighted region. This is no coffee-table book."