Photogravure with chine-collé
31.5 x 39 cm [12.4 x 15.4 inches].
Edition of 30 works, signed and numbered recto.
About the work
To accompany the artist’s first solo survey in the UK, Jacir has created a new limited edition. Taking as it’s source a single image from her landmark artwork ex libris (2010-2012), which encompasses a salvaged history stemming from an archive of thousands of books belonging to the Palestinians which were looted in 1948 and now sit in the Jewish National Library at Hebrew University in Jerusalem where they are catalogued under A.P (Abandoned Property). The work was first staged at the Fridericianum in Kassel as part of dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), which is in the region of Hesse where the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives officers undertook the largest book restitution project in history at the Offenbach Archival Depot.
Jacir has selected an image from the installation that, for her, has a particular resonance, depicting an official stamp declaring the book as property of ‘The British Council Circulating Library’. The print is produced as a photo-gravure etching with each stamped ‘bookplate’ transferred via ‘ chine- collé’ as a separate and unique element, a process which recalls the nuance and physicality of the original artefact.
About the artist
Emily Jacir is an artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with transformation, questions of translation, resistance and silenced historical narratives. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time.
Jacir is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011). Jacir’s works have been in important group exhibitions internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Venice Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013); 29th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2010); 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); Sharjah Biennial 7 (2005); Whitney Biennial (2004); and the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003). Jacir’s recent solo exhibitions include Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Darat il Funun, Amman (2014-2015); Beirut Art Center (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009). She is currently Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
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