This is Our Land: Tarzan & Arab
January 10 – February 15, 2014
ProjEx Room, Latitude 53 Gallery
10242 – 106 Street (map)
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Curated by Kelty Pelechytik
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10 at 7:00 pm, featuring the exclusive world premiere of Paul Fischer’s documentary film TARZAN & ARAB.
Latitude 53 is presenting the first international solo exhibition by acclaimed Palestinian artists Tarzan & Arab. Tarzan & Arab, AKA twins Ahmed and Mohamed Abu Nasser, are painters and filmmakers from Gaza now living as refugees in Jordan. They make art about the impossibility of art in their home—which they are unable to return to—where the last cinema closed in 1987. Although they don’t think of their work first as being political, their work is coloured by the world they live in: filmmakers who had never attended a cinema; artists who had never visited a gallery.
This is Our Land presents their short films Colourful Journey (which won the AM Qattan Young Artist Award) and Condom Lead (which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival) alongside a body of eight paintings.
Their paintings have a stunning variety and can be as reminiscent of Chagall as they are of street art, but have such a strong individual identity; and they represent Gaza as it has so rarely been shown before: vibrant, sensual, romantic, urgent and passionate. The proceeds of the exhibition will entirely support the twins and their work.
You can read an interview with Tarzan & Arab that appeared in the Edmonton Journal and watch this report on Tarzan & Arab from the Guardian: