Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Palestinian artist records 17 versions of a Islamic family story

By Mary Pelletier
Inas Halabi, “Mnemosyne” (2016), video stills (courtesy of the artist)
LONDON, UK---Inas Halabi won the AM Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award for her video featuring different family members telling the story of her grandfather’s scar. In the opening scene of Halabi’s video work “Mnemosyne” (2016), her grandmother sits on a cream-colored couch and directly addresses the camera, calmly and succinctly telling the story of the scar that marked her husband’s forehead. “Mnemosyne” took the top prize in the 2016 edition of the YAYA, as it is affectionately known, which called on Palestinian artists under 30 to submit works related to the theme of “pattern recognition.” [link]