Nujoom Alghanem (AR)


  • Edited by Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Size 22 x 31,5 cm
  • Pages 136
  • Illustrations 80
  • Language Arabic
  • Year 2019
  • ISBN 9788836643493
  • Price € 35,00  € 33,25
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Emirati poet, filmmaker, and artist Nujoom Alghanem (born 1962, Dubai) is considered a leading voice of her generation. She belongs to a lineage of poets who have been deconstructing the conventions of traditional Arabic poetry, by imbuing it with original syntax and structure. Through her films, she relays the stories of some of the most unexpected characters from within her own society, furthering the discourse around gender issues and cultural norms.
This book contextualises Alghanem’s site-specific video and sound installation commissioned for the National Pavilion United Arab Emirates at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Entitled Passage, the work weaves together two genres of storytelling: the ancient art of Arabic poetry, which continues to be deeply steeped in Alghanem’s homeland, with filmmaking, a relatively recent art form within the context of the UAE. She explores the psychological, emotional and physical experience of displacement, a theme that underpins much of her practice.
This fully illustrated publication includes a selection of Alghanem’s poetry and stills from the film as well as a selection of images of the installation in Venice. It also features an essay by the curators and an in-depth interview with the artist.

Venice, Arsenale, May - November 2019