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The Origins of Palestinian Art (Value


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List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction The Problem of the Beginning 2. The Problem of the Origin The Empty Centre The Wall 3. Origin and Disaster Chaos and the Open Mouth 4. Jerusalem as the Navel and the Blind Spot The City as Hierophany The City as Wiki 5. Inside the Line: Palestinians in Israel 6. Al-Shataat: A Coherence of Dispersion The Shadow of the Map The Cracked Earth Contingency, Tactics and Strategic Essentialism The Artist as Semblant 7. Trailers and Openings Bibliography Index

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Professor Bashir Makhoul is Rector of Winchester Campus and Head of School at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Dr Gordon Hon is Lecturer in Fine Art and Visual Culture at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.


'A masterful performance of fairness and objectivity, combined with a passion for the subject that will make it the most important point of departure for all future writing on this subject.' The book is an excellent survey of contemporary Palestinian art, bringing together a wide range of artists and mediums along with descriptions of these art works and their interpretation within the context of Palestinian culture and history.

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