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Issue . 80
P. 99
Traces of the Nakba

Abstract: In  this review essay of four different art exhibitions from 2018 and 2019, Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh explore how the shadows of 1948 and the Nakba creep into the (Israeli institutional) art spaces of Herzliya, Haifa, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Johnson and Shehadeh find themselves unsettled, frequently pulled between the powerful evocations of loss in the artwork and the erasure of context that characterizes the institutional or curatorial framing of the exhibitions, between the dismal political situation of Palestine in the present and the ability of current artists – mostly by Palestinians from inside the Green Line, but some as well by Israeli Jewish artists – to offer “sparks from these ashes to stir the imagination.”


Keywords: Art; Nakba; Palestinian artists; museums; Talbiyeh; art exhibits; Jerusalem properties.