Opening Reception: Friday, 1 May from 6pm to 8pm
For the first time, Gallery Al-Quds presents art from two generations, that of Palestinian painter Zahi Khamis and his son Besan.
The opening will also feature Baltimore poet Kim Jensen reciting some of her works.
Influenced by the modernist styles of Picasso and Matisse as well as the Mexican muralists, Zahi’s work is part of the long tradition of committed art. His bright, optimistic colors combined with the tragic expressions of his subjects, express the painful, yet luminous, contradictions of all those who struggle for liberation.
Besan Khamis is a third-year undergraduate art student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. He is an interdisciplinary sculpture major, and is working in a variety of disciplines: music, sound, painting, installation, 3D digital fab, and video.
Kim Jensen is writer, educator, and political activist who has lived in France, California, and the Middle East. She and her husband Palestinian painter Zahi Khamis have been involved in human rights and social justice movements for many years.
Kim’s first novel about a turbulent love affair between a Palestinian exile and an American student, The Woman I Left Behind, was published in 2006 by Curbstone Press and was finalist for Forward Magazine’s book of the year award. Her two collections of poems, Bread Alone and The Only Thing that Matters were both published by Syracuse University Press—in 2009 and 2013. Acclaimed poet Naomi Shihab Nye calls Kim’s poems “searing and spare.” She adds: “They will haunt you and stretch your vision. You won’t be the same person after reading them that you were before.”
In 2001, Kim won the Raymond Carver Prize for Short Fiction, and her writings have appeared in many books, anthologies, and journals.
- Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
- or by appointment
The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds is located at 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. For more information visit www.thejerusalemfund.org.