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In aching agony and longing I wait for you by the Spring of Thieves

In aching agony and longing I wait for you by the Spring of Thieves / Jumana Emil Abboud 

Posing questions about memory, the body, folklore and rituals, Jumana Emil Abboud’s artistic practice confronts the telling and retelling of history and the impacts of language and the fragmentation of memories. In aching agony and longing I wait for you by the Spring of Thieves includes a selection of the Jerusalem based artist’s visual, poetic and text-based projects spanning 20 years, and contributions by Marina Warner and Tina Sherwell which engage closely with Abboud’s practice.  

The first chapter entitled ”The Book of Haunted Landscapes” addresses Abboud’s connection to the landscape of her homeland, and features drawings, videos and performances connected to Palestinian folktales, as well as her recent collaboration with filmmaker Issa Freij in which they return to haunted springs and water wells described in 1922 by ethnographer Tawfiq Canaan. The second chapter; ”From Lamb to Monster: A Study of Transformation” deals with stories and themes of transformation and journeying, while bridging these with contemporary life in the region. The third chapter, ”Happy Endings: The Book of Spells and Remedies” celebrates magical beings and bodies, instilling after morbid events a sense of the possibility of realising emancipatory endings.  

For the exhibition Jumana Emil Abboud / The Horse, the Bird, the Tree and the Stone which was shown at Bildmuseet 2017.

You can order the book via email. Price: 230 SEK

Published: 2018
Language: English 
Price: 230 SEK 
Publisher: Black dog press 
Editor: Lara Khaldi 
Cover: Paperback 
Pages: 81 
ISBN: 9781911164906