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MOAD MDC Presents Jumana Emil Abboud: Out of the Shadows III

Mixed Media

In Out of the Shadows III, Jumana Emil Abboud asks “What do places speak of?” This audio-visual performance includes Palestinian folk-tales and traditional oral histories. These stories that inspire the artist have always emphasized the importance of relationships with the landscape and with sources of water. Evoking her Palestinian roots and the places to which she is deeply connected—Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Galilee—the artist uses music, poems, and drawings to weave together past and present, contemporary reality and the unseen world with its jinns and ghoulehs. For this world premiere, Abboud collaborates with Issa Freij, and the artists reflect on their experiences during a four-year film project as they searched for the haunted sites of which the tales tell. Their interactive storytelling explores folk customs, sacred objects, and enchanted locations to underscore themes of memory, loss, and resilience. Born in 1971, Jumana Emil Abboud lives and works in Jerusalem. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice, Sharjah and Istanbul Biennials, the Bahrain National Museum, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Recent solo exhibitions and performances of her work have taken place at BALTIC, Gateshead; Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah; Bildmuseet, Umea; and The Khaled Shoman Foundation-Darat al Funun, Amman. Born in 1956, her collaborator Issa Freij is a Palestinian photographer, filmmaker, and musician, also living and working in Jerusalem. During the last two decades, Freij has worked in photojournalism, and on documentary, short, and feature films; he has worked for CBS news, Channel 4, BBC Discovery, and ARTE France, in addition to working on films for The Palestinian Museum, Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Yabous Cultural Centre, and Al-Ma’mal Foundation in Jerusalem. Out of the Shadows is part of Living Together, a cross-disciplinary series of performance art, film and video screenings, talks, and workshops held in venues across the greater Miami area and reflecting the cultural, social, and political realities of how we live now.