New Sites for the Museum Departments or four places to visit Heaven | Khalil Rabah
Date: January 18 – April 7, 2018
Location: Sfeir-Semler Gallery
The exhibition presents a new iteration of The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind; Khalil Rabah’s ongoing inquiry into the ways in which history is socially constructed through material embedded in identity and culture. Founded in 1995, and taking the historical and geopolitical context of Palestine as a point of departure, the Museum is an institution that produces and presents artifacts and artworks dating from prehistory to the present day. This ambitious long- term project sets out to disrupt iconic representations of Palestine. Through a reappropriation of traditions of western museology, New Sites for the Museum Departments or four places to visit Heaven presents four departments in The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind, skillfully mapped onto sites that are geographically recognizable, and others that are hypothetical, while placing the subject of the artist himself at the epicenter of his inquiry.
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