Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: exhibition review – Darat al-Funun

Electronic Intifada, 9th July 2012

In the picturesque surroundings of the Darat al Funun gallery in downtown Amman, Jordan, artist Jumana Abboud stands squeezing lemon after lemon by hand, using an increasingly temperamental juicer. She pours the juice into a jug, mixing it with water and sugar to make glass after glass of lemonade, laying them out on a table for her audience to take.
Abboud’s performance piece “Strange Fruit” — the name a deliberate nod to Billie Holiday’s classic song about racist lynchings in America’s deep South — accompanies the video work “Smuggling Lemons,” currently showing at Darat al Funun as part of an exhibition from the Khalid Shoman Foundation’s permanent collection.

The full article is here.

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