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Fareed Armaly

Born, 1957 in Iowa, USA

From the archived Documenta 11 website : www.documenta12.de//archiv/d11/data/english/index.html

Rashid Masharawi: *1962 in Al Shati, Palestina. Lives in Ramallah, Palestine.

“Since the late 1980s, Fareed Armaly works on complex installations that take into account specific and interconnected references or histories of the respective exhibition venues and museums where they are shown. Taking the venue as a point of departure, individual elements of the institution’s history, function, or architecture become the foundation for new networks of connections and knowledge production. His concise installations are always developed from intense initial research and are often constructed from simple questions, originating in architectural details of a given space. In his project From/To (1999), Armaly has investigated the history of Palestine, being part of his own identity as an American of Lebanese-Palestinian descent. In close collaboration with Rashid Masharawi and his Cinema Production Center in Ramallah, Armaly draws a detailed portrait of the country and its history, marked by multiple conflicts of power, the experience of exile and Diaspora. While in 1999, the character of the work was marked by the echo of the peace process, the context of the current crisis casts a different light onto the work.”

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