Emily Jacir | the artist




The artist Emily Jacir
Born 1970, Bethlehem, Palestine.

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mily Jacir works in a wide variety of mediums which have included video, photography, drawing and sculpture. Born in Bethlehem in 1970, she studied at University of Dallas at Irving, Memphis College of Art and the Whitney Independent Study Program. She lives and works in New York and Ramallah. Her work will be included in the forthcoming Sharjah International Biennial- Session 7…
orn in Bethlehem in 1970, Jacir attended the University of Dallas, Irving, the Memphis College of Art and the Whitney Independent Study Program and has been living and working between New York and the West Bank. Arguably the foremost Palestinian artist working today, she has received a number of prominent awards. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Prince Claus Fund Cultural Award and the Golden Lion award for the artist under 40 category, one of the highest honors given to participants in the Venice Biennial…
For two months, I opened my studio to anyone who wanted to sew with me on this Memorial. Over 140 people came, the majority of them I had never met before. They came as lawyers, bankers, filmmakers, dentists, consultants, musicians, playwrights, artists, human rights activists, teachers, etcetera. They came as Palestinians (some of whom come from these villages), as Israelis (who grew up on the remains of these villages) and people from a multitude of countries.
…For the main project exhibited, Jacir asked other Palestinians from around the world, "If I could do something for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?" The artist used her American passport and its accompanying "freedom of movement" status in an attempt to realize desires of people who have limited or no access to their own nation…


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