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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 118

    Tarek Al-Ghoussein (Palestinian-Kuwaiti, b. 1962)

    Untitled 5 (Self Portrait Series)

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    Tarek Al-Ghoussein (Palestinian-Kuwaiti, b. 1962)
    Untitled 5 (Self Portrait Series)
    archival digital print
    23 5/8 x 31½in. (60 x 80cm.)
    Executed in 2003, this work is number five from an edition of six plus two artist proofs

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    The mythical Sisyphus was an unfortunate figure who was sentenced by the gods to spend eternity rolling a stone up a hill, only to have it roll back down to the bottom each time. Tarek Al-Ghoussein believes that according to the clichis of Western media, present day Palestine endures a similar punishment- engaged in an endless, meaningless, cyclical struggle. In a series of self-portraits Al-Ghoussein critiques the cliche of the Palestinians that, particularly after September 11 seems to be ineradicable in the Western media.'
    The present image is from series in which Al-Ghossein presents himself as the stereotypical Palestinian terrorist, wearing all black, his head wrapped completely in a scarf(kuffiyeh), which he believes has become a symbol of terrorism, both in the West and in the Arab world. Ironically, as if to illustrate this, he was arrested on suspicion by local police whilst shooting this series.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this work is number five from an edition of six plus two artist proofs


    Seth Thompson, After Image March -April 2007 (illustrated on cover and pp.10-12)
    Installations 2006,
    The Palestinian Diary Jan, 2007 pp.27-28,45-46
    J. Dakhlia, Des Art En Tensions, September, (illustrated on cover and pp.440-443
    Jack Persekian, "Anywhere But Home" Bidoun, Spring Issue, pp.38-40 Merel Bem, deVolkskrant, Amsterdam, September 4 (illustrated p.9)


    London, Recognize, June-September 2007
    Abu Dhabi, Cultural Centre, Languages of the Desert, March-June 2007
    Muscat, Art in Public Spaces, February-April
    Sharjah, College of Fine Arts, Self Portrait, A, B, and C Series, December 2007
    Copenhagen, Royal Photography Museum, Under the Last Sky, Sep-December 2006
    Copenhagen, Banner, Images of the Middle East, September 2006
    Heidelberg, Heidelberg Museum, Heidelberg, Political Realities, October 2006
    Madrid, Tierra, exilio, CREACION CUENCA, December 2006-January 2007 Bahrain, Al Riwaq, December 2006 -February 20O7
    Amman, Darat Al-Funun, Checkpoints,February-April 2006
    Derby, UK, Q Arts-Gallery, March-April 2006
    North Carolina, McColl Art Center, Confronting Cliches, McColl Art Center, March-May 2006
    Newcastle, UK, Side Gallery,April-May 2006
    Dublin, Gallery of Photography, Dec 2005-Feb 2006
    Berlin, Ifa Gallery, Self Portraits, Germany February-June 2006
    Paris, Institute Du Monde Arabe, April 24-July 9 2006
    Damascus, French International photo Fest, May 2006
    New York, Aperture Gallery, Nazar: Photographs from the Arab World, September-December 2005 (illustrated 2004, p.39)
    Bonn, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Sep-November 2005
    Prague, Langhans Gallery, Prague,July-August 2005
    Madrid, La Boca Gallery, March-April 2005
    Houston, International Fotofest, April-June 2005
    Stuttgart, Ifa Gallery, November-December 2005
    Copenhagen, Specta Art Gallery, August-October 2004
    Copenhagen Art Fair, 2006
    Netherlands, Noorderlicht International Photography Exhibition, Sep-November 2004
    Dhaka, Bangladesh, Chobi Mella, International Photography Exhibition, December 2004
    Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, October-December 2003
    Auckland, New Zealand, Randolph Street Gallery, Julyh-September 2003
    Sharjah, International Biennial, April-June 2003