Crossroads and Contexts: Interviews on Archaeology in Gaza
Fareed Armaly, an artist and curator whose international career in the arts includes large-scale collaborative works on the theme of Palestine, is the former director of Küünstlerhaus Stuttgart. Invited by the Geneva museum to be the participating artist in its Gaza archaeological exhibition, he created a multifaceted installation titled ““Shar(e)d Domains,”” which uses as its starting point a key artifact on display in the exhibition itself: an ancient Gaza amphora discovered as shards during excavations under the Geneva Cathedral. The centerpiece of his installation is a sculptural representation of the seams resulting from reassembling the shards. Titled ““New Amphora,”” it is simultaneously a faithful replication of the artifact and a strikingly modern and original form. Prominently displayed in the exhibition along with a text by the artist, the ““new amphora”” embodies the idea of historical narrative as a reassembled but incomplete collection of fragments. Armaly currently lives in Berlin.
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Fareed Armaly; Crossroads and Contexts: Interviews on Archaeology in Gaza. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 February 2008; 37 (2): 43–81. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2008.37.2.43
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