- Published on Friday, 27 July 2012 08:29
"I read it in one breath. A cunning simplicity of writing the complexity of today's Palestine, through the alleys, roads, streets, hills, valleys, days and evenings in and around Ramallah, charged me with love of the art of writing, of Palestine... You showed me my place and made me hear my story." Mourid Barghouti, Palestinian poet and author of classic memoir I Saw Ramallah.
In Ramallah, Running represents Mannes-Abbott's uniquely personal encounter with Palestine, interweaving short, poetic texts with exploratory essays. The text consists of 14 parts, which alternate running within the limits of the city and walking out from it to, along, beyond and off limits, discovering how insidiously mobile those limits are under Occupation.
International artists and writers have been invited to respond both directly and indirectly to the texts with newly commissioned works.
Jean Fisher contributes a substantial introductory essay, while the poet and critic Najwan Darwish and novelist Adania Shibli have written further captivating responses. Visual contributions include a project linked to a pair of paintings by Francis Alÿs, drawings of walls that become paths that become walls by Paul Noble, and a searingly intimate journal-based piece by Emily Jacir. Further contributions come from Jananne al-Ani, Olaf Nicolai, Khalil Rabah, Mark Titchner and Sharif Waked.
The project is supported by and published in conjunction with Art School Palestine and the Sharjah Art Foundation.
Guy Mannes-Abbott is a writer, essayist and critic, whose work often appears in visual art contexts. He has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and has given regular readings of his work.
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