Jack Persekian: In the Meantime

October 3, 2011
Jack Persekian, Curator (Jerusalem) In the Meantime Respondent: Nitin Sawhney, Assistant Professor, The New School (USA)

In 1992, Jack Persekian founded Anadiel Gallery, the first and only independent gallery for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Persekian later founded the Al-Ma'mal Foundation to continue the gallery's mission and to further promote, instigate, and disseminate the production of art in Palestine.

In his talk, Persekian will share his experience - the challenges and the outcomes - of creating a space for Palestinian artists in Jerusalem. Have the methods for working in contested spaces, such as Israel, changed over the years? Does art have the potential to engage a zone of conflict in a different way than politics? Persekian was Head Curator of the Sharjah Biennial (2004-2007), Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial (2007-2011), and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2009-2011). Al-Ma'mal Foundation: www.almamalfoundation.org