Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture presents A National Monument, an exhibition by Visualizing Palestine and Marwan Rechmaoui. Inspired by a series of highly detailed maps of Palestine from the
Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture presents A National Monument, an exhibition by Visualizing Palestine and Marwan Rechmaoui. Inspired by a series of highly detailed maps of Palestine from the British Mandate period, the main installation recreates a 3-dimensional snapshot of the major Palestinian cities and towns circa 1947, based on the final British surveys before the Nakba. The installation consists of over 30 3-dimensional pieces derived from the original maps and topographic data from NASA. The exhibition also features prints from a series of 1:20,000 topo-cadastral maps from the 1940s, and other works by Visualizing Palestine, including Palestine Open Maps, an online platform for exploring past and present maps of Palestine.
This collaboration was initiated by Ahmad Barclay, a long time partner with Visualizing Palestine, building on an ongoing vision to build partnerships with practitioners across art, design and cultural disciplines. The title ‘A National Monument’ is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the words of J. F. Salmon, director of the Palestine Survey (1933-38), who once wrote: ‘A good topographical survey should be looked upon as a national monument of the first importance.’ Words that take on unintended new meanings in light of the dramatic transformation of the territory over the past seven decades.
january 10 (Thursday) - 26 (Saturday)
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