Tarek Al-Ghoussein’s position as a Palestinian Kuwaiti shapes the themes of identity, displacement, and structural and political control prominent in much of his work. His photographs, often featuring the figure of the artist silhouetted against barren urban and desert landscapes of the region, serve as an allegory for the obstacles and forms of control facing Palestinians both within and exiled from the Palestinian territories. Other series use the desert as a stage for investigating the artist’s relationship to land and place, in the midst of the rapid urban transformation of the UAE, where the artist now lives. This conversation will examine the role of his work in the broader context of contemporary art and the Middle East as a whole. This program acompanies the exhibition of Tarek Al-Ghoussein's photographs on display at 19 Washington Square North.
September 16 - November 9, 2014
Tarek Al-Ghoussein: K-Files is on view at the Taymour Grahne Gallery located on 157 Hudson Street.
Fawz Kabra, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi Project, New York, Individuals
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