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Image: Jumana Emil Abboud, Fish Monster, acrylic and gouache on paper, 20.5cmx27cm, 2015

Palestinian artist Jumana Emil Abboud‘s new exhibition at BALTIC will bring together a selection of new and recent work (including her mesmerising 2013 film I Feel Nothing) using the folklore and fairy tales of her homeland to explore the universal ideas of memory, loss, resilience and identity. Jumana sees patterns and relationships between the supernatural and magical world of these fairy tales, and our own place and sense of belonging within the real world, exploring them through a variety of mediums, including video, performance, text, and drawings.

The retelling of history, the rituals behind it all and its fragmentation over time becomes a tapestry with which Jumana investigates the way in which we view our own past, our own sense of place and time and how all of this can become intertwined with universal icons that appear across myths, legend and story. There’s a fascinating juxtaposition between the considered, sweeping beauty of her video work and the raw, at times almost childlike (but no less visually arresting), drawings on display that reflects the constant conflict and process of metamorphosis connected to these concepts within an individual, as well as the ongoing and ever changing fight in her homeland for its own right to belong in the world.

Jumana Emil Abboud’s exhibition is at BALTIC, Gateshead from Friday 6th May until Sunday 2nd October.

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