Emily Jacir

"Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work)," 2002
C-Print mounted on aluminum
19.75" x 21.75"
Edition of 7
Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York
Estimated value: $8000
Starting bid $2000


Emily Jacir’s work spans a diverse range of media and strategies including film, photography, installation, performance, video, writing and sound. Jacir has shown extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and the Middle East since 1994. She is the winner of the 2008 Hugo Boss Prize. In 2007, at the 52nd Venice Biennale she became the first Arab to receive a Golden Lion Award. She was also awarded a Prince Claus Award from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, The Hague.

Jacir conceived of and co-curated the first Palestine International Video Festival in Ramallah in 2002. Recently she curated a selection of shorts, Palestinian Revolution Cinema (1968 – 1982), which is currently on tour in the United States. In 2003, belongings was published by O.K Books, a monograph on a selection of Jacir’s work from 1998 – 2003.  Her second monograph was published in Spring 2007 by Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst Nurnberg and includes texts by Adania Shibli and Murtaza Vali.

Her work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, from February 6 to April 15, 2009. Past solo exhibitions include Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany (2007-08); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2007); Künstlerhaus, Bremen (2004); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2004); The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine (2004); Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2004); Belongings, OK-Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria (2003-04); and Emily Jacir, Museum voor Modern Kunst Arnheim, The Netherlands (2003).

Select group exhibitions include Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007);  Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York, which traveled to Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts (2007); Dirty Yoga, 2006 Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2006-2007); Zones of Contact, 2006 Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); Always a Little Further, 51st Venice Biennale (2005); Sharjah International Biennial 7, United Arab Emirates (2005); Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004); Poetic Justice, 8th International Istanbul Biennial (2003); and Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000).

About this piece, in Jacir's words:

Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work)

"Since March 2001, the Ramallah-Birzeit Road has been disrupted by a checkpoint manned by Israeli soldiers, APCs and sometimes tanks. This road was the last remaining open road connecting Ramallah with Birzeit University and approximately thirty Palestinian villages.

On December 9th, 2002, I decided to record my daily walk to work across the Surda checkpoint to Birzeit University. When the Israeli Occupation Army saw me filming my feet with my video camera, they stopped me and asked for my I.D. I gave them my American passport, and they threw it in the mud. They told me that this was “Israel” and that it was a military zone and that no filming was allowed. They detained me at gunpoint in the winter rain next to their tank. After three hours, they confiscated my videotape and then released me. I watched the soldier slip my videotape into the pocket of his army pants. That night when I returned home, I cut a hole in my bag and put my video camera in the bag. I recorded my daily walk across Surda checkpoint, to and from work, for eight days.

All people including the disabled, elderly, and children must walk distances as far as two kilometers depending on the decisions of the Israeli army at any given time. When Israeli soldiers decide that there should be no movement on the road, they shoot live ammunition, tear gas, and sound bombs to disperse people from the checkpoint."


Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work)
Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work)
Alwan Auction 2016

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