Jerusalem in Exile: Artist’s Books by Kamal Boullata
Open from 10am to 6pm each day, this free exhibition celebrates the life and work of the Jerusalem-born artist Kamal Boullata (1942—2019).
It focuses on Boullata’s handmade artist’s books and silk screen prints, which explore the interplay between poetry and image, and convergences of colour and architecture. At the centre of the exhibition is The Granada Portfolio, a collaboration between Boullata and the poet Adonis, prompted by their response to Granada’s architectural wonder, the Alhambra.
The exhibition is curated by Claudia Tobin and the artist’s wife, Lily Farhoud, with support from Donal Cooper and Jesus College Works of Art Committee, and sponsorship from the Centre of Islamic Studies, Barjeel Art Foundation and AM Qattan Foundation. The opening on 24 January coincides with the symposium Meaning and abstraction in Arab and Islamic art (Frankopan Hall 1pm - 7.30 pm) and the launch of two volumes dedicated to Boullata’s writings and essays about his art. A catalogue, published by Dongola Limited Editions and edited by Elizabeth Key Fowden, will be available at the opening.