ABOUT PARADISE LOST (2020)
In the Paradise Lost series Gaza-born, visual artist Hazem Harb assembles fleeting glimpses into the material and natural landscape of his homeland from which he remains displaced. Through his ubiquitous process of contemporary collage, he presents a dystopic vision of paradise, evacuating images of Palestine’s architecture and agriculture from their consignment to archives and hinting at the region’s underlying complexities through juxtaposition against more recent structural impositions.
Harb’s practice is intended more as visual excavation than romanticisation of the Other, and through it, we can explore the paradoxical and pressured relations between people and places. Steering away from nostalgia and the fetishisation of displacement and war, he negotiates a constructed axis of complex social and cultural relations: built and pastoral environments, modernist Bauhaus concrete and Jerusalem’s Old City walls, loss, longing and belonging.
CONTEMPORARY HERITAGE PART 2PRINT EDITIONS E3 +1 AP
Hazem HarbParadise Lost #1, 2020 Collage on fine art archival Print on MDF wood
100 x 200 x 5 cm
39 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 2 in
Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof
The Silk Line of IdentityHazem Harb
Palestinian traditional dress is marked by its rich patterns of embroidery which are unique to a single community. The specificity of local village designs was such that a Palestinian woman's village could be determined by the embroidery design on her dress. The design exhibited in The Silk Line of Identity signifies Bethlehem. The photograph, which was produced towards the end of the 1800s, is rare in that the model is poised which was not typical practice at the time. For this arresting large-scale diptych, Harb has reformatted the photograph placing it back into the contemporary moment. The artist has sliced and collaged it, forming an unprecedented pattern which recalls its roots in Palestinian heritage and the mechanics of embroidery. The model, fixed to the centre comes to form a monument imposed upon the landscape, the notion of which preoccupies Harb and features regularly as an icon in his imagery.
The Silk Line of Identity Print Details: Layers of collaged archival fine art C-P photography paper 100 X 70 cm: Editions 1/30
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VIEWING ROOM: CONTEMPORARY HERITAGE PART 2 || PRINT EDITIONS: Hazem Harb