Palestine

Palestania

Why would a Palestinian artist and/or non-governmental institution take part in the Venice Biennale? Is it simply an attempt to represent the Palestinian “national” among other national pavilions? Or is it intended to overturn the Palestinian Authority’s central and linear national narrative by allowing the rebirth of marginalized diasporic multiplicities? Can it also be seen as a reflection on the identity disorder between the global Palestinian diasporic narratives and that of what is nationally represented by the confined and minute occupied territories? How can it be related to the schizophrenia of living postcolonial neoliberal conditions of a sovereign state managed by the Palestinian Authority, while still subjugated to settler colonialism and diaspora at the same time? Why would the Venice Biennale be an incubator to such missing narratives and misrepresentations? Or is it just another yearning for Venice Biennale’s recognition of yet another southern tormented political narrative and representation? Could it pertain to having both the ability and resources to reclaim the national, because of being an integral part of the global art market and networks, while the Palestinian Authority cannot? Or is it truly a question of misrepresentation that needs to defy the central narrative that has, nonetheless, never been represented at the Venice Biennale?

Yazid Anani

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Pavilion

Artists:
Bashir Makhoul; Aissa Deebi
Curators:
Bruce W. Ferguson; Rawan Sharaf

Curator

Name:
Rawan Sharaf
Lives and works in:
Palestine
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Curator

Name:
Bruce W. Ferguson
Gender:
Male
Lives and works in:
Egypt
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Aissa Deebi
Gender:
Male
Born:
Palestine, 1969
Lives and works in:
Egypt and the United States of America
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Artist

Name:
Bashir Makhoul
Gender:
Male
Born:
Palestine, 1963
Lives and works in:
The United Kingdom
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1

Politics & Economics

State System:
Parliamentary Democracy
Ruling Political Party:
The secular nationalist Fatah party in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza.
Population (World Bank, 2011):
4.260.636
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$3
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
No data

Alliances


Arab League
Non-Aligned Movement
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Conflicts

Last Major Border Revision:
ongoing
Colonial History:
Currently the Westbank is colonized by Israel.
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
No ranking
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
The current status of Palestine is subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement. A permanent status is to be determined through further negotiation. Ongoing armed violence between Israel and Palestine.