Palestinian artist Khaled Hourani revisits the occupation wall in an exhibition in Dubai |
Hourani attempts to remove the wall and transcend it through her paintings. He paints young men climbing with their hands, ropes and ladders, but he also paints them climbing the wall relying on their imagination. It is based on media images from Palestine showing people partially scaling the separation wall.
The artist has treated the walls as if they were moving and expanding. He brought in from the world of television and video information tapes, governed by the smallest units of time.
In his paintings, the walls appear fluid and fragile in front of an open horizon from above and below and against an immaculate white background. It ridicules and trivializes the wall by inviting Palestinians to treat it as such, because it looks weak and emaciated. The artist sprinkles it with colorful climbing stones, making it a distraction.
The dominant white color on his canvases gives the sense of the suspension of time and the open borders of geography, despite the height of the walls. It seems to the viewer of the paintings that the figures are able to cross the walls which do not appear attached to the ground but rather merge with the void.
Khaled Hourani is a leading Palestinian artist. He was the Artistic Director of the International Academy of Art Palestine from 2007 to 2010 and its General Manager from 2010 to 2013. He also worked as the General Manager of the Department of Fine Arts at the Palestinian Ministry of Culture (2004 – 2006) . As a painter and conceptual artist, he was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Prize, Creative Time for Art and Social Change in New York in 2013. Hourani was the initiator of the Picasso in Palestine 2011 project and The Stone Distance to Jerusalem project. He has participated in several exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial, 2011.