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Jumana Emil Abboud / What Do We Need Art For?

NB! Can be watched from Saturday 30 October 2021 at 17:00. Please see the digital programme for the anniversary weekend here.

Artist Jumana Emil Abboud lives and works in Jerusalem. Her creative practice engages with oral histories and with personal and collective mythologies. In performances, paintings, drawings and films, she draws on the tradition of Palestinian folklore and its integrated relationship with land and water and with the human and non-human.

As her contribution to the anniversary forum What Do We Need Art For?, Jumana Emil Abboud will do a reading performance focusing on her recent exploration centring on walking in the natural landscape in Palestine. She will reflect on how someone (human/non-human) lives within it; with its layers of time and narrative.

Jumana Emil Abboud is a PhD researcher at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and venues over the last two decades, including the Venice, Sharjah, Istanbul Biennales; The Jerusalem Show/Qalandiya International; Darat al Funun, Amman; Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; SEMA, Seoul; BALTIC, Gateshead, TATE Modern, London, and at Bildmuseet where her solo exhibition The Horse, the Bird, the Tree and the Stone was presented in 2017.

What Do We Need Art For? / Programme 29–31 October 2021

Fri 29 Oct, 13:00 / Katarina Pierre, Umeå

Welcome by the director of Bildmuseet and host of the anniversary forum What Do We Need Art For?.

Fri 29 Oct, 14:00 / Katarina Pirak Sikku, Jokkmokk

Artist Katarina Pirak Sikku gives a personal account of art’s significance for herself and people around her.

Fri 29 Oct, 15:00 / Gavin Butt, Newcastle

Professor Gavin Butt considers the history of "art-pop" music and the world-making capacities of art today.

Fri 29 Oct, 16:00 / Stina Oscarson, Stockholm

Dramatist and writer Stina Oscarson talks about the importance of art in reminding us that we are human.

Fri 29 Oct, 17:00 / John Akomfrah, London

Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah answers the posed question in conversation with director Katarina Pierre.

Sat 30 Oct, 13:00 / Cedric Nunn, Mangethe

South African photographer Cedric Nunn talks about the context in which he is a politically active artist.

Sat 30 Oct, 14:00 / Maria Lind, Moscow

Curator Maria Lind on contemporary art as a form of understanding and tool for relating to existence.

Sat 30 Oct, 15:00 / Sofia Jannok, Umeå, & Dennis Lyxzén, Vännäs

Musicians Sofia Jannok and Dennis Lyxzén on what art and culture have meant in their lives.

Sat 30 Oct, 16:00 / Tone Olaf Nielsen, Copenhagen

Curator Tone Olaf Nielsen discusses artistic and curatorial responses to the refugee crisis.

Sat 30 Oct, 17:00 / Jumana Emil Abboud, Jerusalem

Artist Jumana Emil Abboud performs a reading about walking in the Palestinian landscape.

Sun 31 Oct, 13:00 / Mats Caldeborg, Järnäsklubb

Artist Mats Caldeborg reflects on the significance of art and the human ability for abstract thinking.

Sun 31 Oct, 14:00 / Lars Strannegård, Stockholm

Professor and president Lars Strannegård on why art and culture become even more important in a digital world.

Sun 31 Oct, 15:00 / Grada Kilomba, Berlin

Artist Grada Kilomba gives her answer to the question posed in a conversation with director Katarina Pierre.

Sun 31 Oct, 16:00 / Antonia Alampi, Berlin

Curator and director Antonia Alampi addresses the multifaceted roles that art and cultural practices play.

Sun 31 Oct, 17:00 / Naeem Mohaiemen, New York

As his contribution to the online forum, Naeem Mohaimen shows us the new film work Against Regret (23 min).