Installation view of "Here and Elsewhere"
Guest curator
An Index of Tensional and Unintentional Love of Land

In 1970, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin arrived in Jordan to shoot a film on the Palestinian revolution, titled Jusqu’a la victoire [Until Victory]. They envisioned a film structured around five revolutionary slogans—the people's will, armed struggle, political work, prolonged war, and until victory—but when the filmmakers returned to Paris they realized the images they had amassed amounted to a stream of overdetermined representations. Godard and Gorin were
unsure of how to edit the film, and it remained unfinished until Godard returned to the footage with Anne-Marie Miéville four years later. Together, they added more scenes and re-edited the film to create Ici et ailleurs [Here and Elsewhere], a compelling reflection on the role of images in shaping both ideologies and representations.

One way to narrate the recent history of the Arab world is to trace the impact of the Palestinian struggle alongside the ideals, efforts, and discourses that reverberated across different times and geographies. “An Index of Tensional and Unintentional Love of Land”—an exhibition set within “Here and Elsewhere” and curated by Ala Younis—attempts such a survey, juxtaposing images, artworks, photographs, and documents of visual culture that undermine stereotypical representations of conflict.

With a focus on the 1960s to 1980s, this presentation is preoccupied with elements that reveal an enduring process of popularizing ideas and the related icons that have persisted over time. Political and creative practices are the protagonists in this show, particularly visible in cinema, journalism, publishing, and nationalist projects. Between the contemporary artworks and archival materials presented, this collection of images looks critically and historically at the constant transfer of subjects from one place to another, at icons that emerge and recede in the popular imagination, and at artists’ practices that shift toward service of the public, together revealing various modes of relating to pan-Arabism and revolutionary political promise.

“An Index of Tensional and Unintentional Love of Land” is curated by Ala Younis.
Photography Credit
Benoit Pailley
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