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Jawad al Malhi & Tina Sherwell

Grant holders in Stockholm 3 July - 30 August 2017

Jawad al Malhi
lives and works in East Jerusalem. He received his MA in Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art, UK. Over the years, his work has focused on exploring communities and their relationship to their environments, local knowledge and their everyday practices of life, through painting, video, installation, sculpture and photography. His most recent body of work, Measures of Uncertainty, is based on close observation of the dynamics of crowds in public space with particular focus on the moments after events and waiting time, which contours body gestures and group formations. His work often explores the relationship between still and moving images with a choreography of different mediums that aim to expose and bring to the foreground a variety of viewpoints and challenge the position of the audience. His major series House No. 197 comprises large-scale panoramic photographs of the Shufhat Refugee Camp in occupied East Jerusalem, taken from Israeli settlements, showing the density of topography. The series is accompanied by videos which demonstrate the complex layered reality of a refugee camp by day and night.

Selected group exhibitions include In the Middle of the Middle, curated by Catherine David at Sfeir-Semier Gallery, Beirut; No Man’s Land?, Gemak, The Hague; the Sharjah Biennial 09; Palestine c/o Venice, curated by Salwa Mikdadi, Venice Biennale, 2009; Ground Floor America, curated by WHW at Den Frie in Copenhagen; the Helsinki Photography Biennial; Ecological Fallacy/Objects on Oil, curated by Basak Senova, 2014; Worldly House, Tribute to Donna Haraway, Documenta 13, 2012; Jerusalem Show, the Al Ma’mal Art Foundation, 2016; Measures of Uncertainty, Art Dubai, 2016; NSK Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2017. Recent solo exhibition include Is There a Place for Me Here?/Is There Any Room at the Inn, Walled Off Hotel, Palestine, 2017; Measures of Uncertainty, the Al Ma’mal Art Foundation, 2014.
Al Malhi was shortlisted for the Frieze Foundation Cartier Award and has been nominated for the Prix Pictet. He was artist-in-residence at the Delfina Foundation with a solo show, Jawad al Malhi: New Works, 2010 and artist-in-residence at the Manaus Ecole, Lisbon. He was also awarded the Accented Residency in 2011 at the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo. His works are held in private and public collections in Europe and the Middle East, including the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, London, UK and the Barjeel Collection, UAE. Since 2000 he has worked on various educational projects in Jerusalem and the West Bank and in Europe, with children, young adults and teachers.

Dr. Tina Sherwell graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in Textiles and Critical Theory and received her Ph.D. from the University of Kent at Canterbury in Image Studies. She was Director of the International Academy of Art, Palestine, a post she held between 2007-2012 and 2013-2017. Previously she was Programme Leader of Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, 2005-2007. She was also Executive Director of the Virtual Gallery at Birzeit University and has worked on the Tate Online with their digital archives, 2004-2006. She was awarded a prize at the Alexandria Biennial in 2001 for her map series of Palestine.
Sherwell is the author of various texts on Palestinian art, published in catalogues, journals and books, including a monograph on Sliman Mansour.

Curatorial exhibitions include Terrains of Belonging, Retrospective of Sliman Mansour, 2011; Degree Show of the International Academy of Art, Palestine, 2011-2016; Disrupted Intimacies , the French-German Cultural Centre, Ramallah, 2015.

Forthcoming exhibitions include: Sub Contracted Nation, co-curated with Yazid Anani, the A.M. Qattan Foundation, 2017; and Intimate Topographies: Retrospective of Landscapes in Palestinian Art, the Palestinian Museum, 2018. Recent papers and articles include: “Nearness and Distance: Cartographies of Contemporary Palestinian Artists’ Photographic Practices, Photography’s Shifting Terrain”, NYU, Abu Dhabi, 2015; “The Curriculum, Creative Time Summit”, 2015; “Time Loop in Palestinian Video Art; Constellation of the Moving Image”, ed. B. Makhoul, 2013; “Curatorial Expeditions: The Ramallah Safari”, Stedelijk Museum Journal, 2014.

She is currently developing the new Faculty of Art and Music at Birzeit University.

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Left: Measures of Uncertainty VI, acrylic on canvas, 206 x 161 cm, 2013

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