Uniting the artist with two scholars of the Medieval Mediterranean, John Lansdowne and Christopher MacEvitt, this volume illustrates the movement of objects, images, people and places between Palestine
Translatio is a collaborative publication by Emily Jacir, John Lansdowne and Christopher MacEvitt, proceeding from artist Emily Jacir's Via Crucis, the newly-completed permanent installation commissioned by artache at the church of San Raffaele in Milan. The publication is released as part of the itinerant and performative exhibition “Cinque Mostre 2016 – Across the Board: Parts of a Whole” at American Academy in Rome, curated by Ilaria Gianni.
Incorporating works by artists, scholarly research, architectural studies, musical compositions, literary texts—the exhibition provides a setting for an evolving narrative that moves both physically and allegorically through various sites. These different locations disclose a cosmos of tales investigating marginality, authenticity, language, fragmentation, translation and transformation. Elaborating on historical facts, objects, landscapes, political representation, fictions and the construction of signs and symbols, the individual parts contribute to the development of a complex and multiform system questioning the potential of abstraction and its impact on reality.
Published following the exhibition “Cinque Mostre 2016 – Across the Board: Parts of a Whole,” American Academy in Rome, from February 12 to April 3, 2016.
Emily Jacir (born 1970 in Bethlehem, lives and works in New York and Ramallah) is an artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with transformation, questions of translation, resistance and silenced historical narratives. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time. Jacir is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011).
Jacir's works have been in important group exhibitions internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; dOCUMENTA (13) (2012);Venice Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013); 29th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2010); 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); Sharjah Biennial 7 (2005); Whitney Biennial (2004); and the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003). Jacir's recent solo exhibitions include Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Darat il Funun, Amman (2014-2015); Beirut Art Center (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009).