Gallery Openings and Events

Gallery Al-Quds Presents La’am=Yes/No (Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle)

La’am courtesy of Micaela Amateau Amato and Gallery Al Quds.

La’am courtesy of Micaela Amateau Amato and Gallery Al Quds.

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Opening Reception: Friday, March 27 from 6pm to 8pm

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Exiles & nomads is an ongoing series that includes many materials: discarded wood constructions that evoke floating dwellings of the Ma’dan people of the marshlands of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers; industrial neon text, plate glass, steel, cloth; light boxes and duratrans photographic imagery, and cibachrome photographs; paint as illusion and as visceral substance. Sculpture is simultaneously painting and photography, collage and montage.

These accretions are both abstract and representational, engaging paradox, contradiction and ambiguity. The artist’s intention is to witness and record private stories and public histories of life and death.

Exiles & nomads also take the form of cast glass and glazed ceramic figures and life size portrait heads that have hybrid racial and ethnic physiognomies. Amateau’s subjects emerge from her own ancestral diaspora– from Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East– in a perpetual state of exile and transition. Evoking qasida, duende, and saudade — languages of melancholia and longing — her work is grounded in an acute awareness of the interconnected web of the ancient past with the present, rooted in the natural world. Portraits are of family and community as symbols of potential renewal and radical social change in our global state of emergency and eco-cide.

Gallery Hours:

  • 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.

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