Points of Departure, ICA 26 June – 21 July

Points of Departure

Caspian Arts Foundation is delighted to announce its educational partnership in Delfina Foundation‘s Points of Departure, an exhibition that culminates a year of collaboration with ArtSchool Palestine, the British Council and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Presented at the ICA, the exhibition will be among the highlights of the 2013 Shubbak Festival in London (26 June – 21 July).

Points of Departure begins as a set of thoughtful explorations into the phenomena of liminality. A condition in which one’s sense of identity is diffused, liminality leads not only to states of dislocation and disorientation, but also to new perspectives. From this starting point, all the exhibiting artists undertook research-orientated projects in the UK and Palestine, seeking to make meaning, and create new narratives, in response to urgent contemporary questions around nationalism and identity, history and place.

Points of Departure presents new commissions by Palestinian artist and CAF’s first scholarship recipient Bisan Abu-Eiseh, as well as Jumana Emil Abboud, Bashar Alhroub, and UK artists Jeremy Hutchinson and Olivia Plender – all of whom undertook eight-week residencies in London and Ramallah respectively. In relation to themes raised by the project and the works produced, the exhibition also features a seminal work by Ramallah-based artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme. The exhibition has been curated by Rebecca Heald with the support of Mirna Bamieh.

Caspian Arts Foundation supports the extensive public programme of talks and events around Points of Departure. Visit www.ica.org.uk to see the full list & schedule.

The exhibition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the Czech Centre and Sula Wines.