Permanent Temporariness: Public Program and Suhoor

Permanent Temporariness: Sandi Hilal and AleConcrete Tent, 2015, Design by DAAR Photo: Anna Sara for Campus in Camps

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery announces its upcoming public program during Ramadan

Press Release

The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery, the University’s academic museum, is pleased to announce an evening of short film screenings, followed by curator-led tours and a Suhoor meal on May 23, as part of the public program of its current exhibition, Permanent Temporariness: Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti.

Taking place on Wednesday, May 23, Emirati artist Hind Mezaina will introduce the selection of films, to include:

Irregulars by Fabio Palmieri
Documentary | Duration 8:55 | In English with English captions
Against a tellingly hypnotic factory backdrop, a refugee encapsulates the global immigration crisis in his own wrenching words. Each year, thousands of people try to enter other countries. They flee from war, persecution and poverty.

Measures of Uncertainty by Jawad Al Malhi
Documentary | Duration 4:28 | No dialogue
Measures of Uncertainty was shot in Shufhat Refugee Camp, in occupied East Jerusalem. The camp has a population of over 100,000 people and is situated less than 5km from the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. Filmmaker Al Malhi has himself grown up in the camp and has continually tasked himself with creating representations of the everyday life of his community through photography, video, painting and sculpture.

Dahiet Al Bareed, District of the Post Office by Turner Prize shortlisted artist Rosalind Nashashibi
Duration 7:00
One slow, hot afternoon in a neighbourhood built to be a utopian suburb for employees of the Palestinian Post Office; now becomes a lawless no-man’s-land between occupied East Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Speaking for Oneself…Speaking for Others.. Maqaddimah Li-Nihayat Jidal (Introduction to the End of an Argument) by Jayce Solloum and Elia Suleiman
Duration: 45:00
With a combination of film, documentary, news coverage and excerpts of "live" footage shot in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Introduction To The End Of An Argument explores representations of the Middle East, Arab culture and the Palestinian people by the West.

When: Wednesday 23 May, 9 pm

Where: The screenings will take place at the NYUAD Arts Center. Afterwards, there will be curator-led tours of Permanent Temporariness, followed by a Suhoor meal, at the NYUAD Art Gallery.

To view the full exhibition details, program, or to RSVP, please visit 

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.