Around Town: Blood For Sale: Performance by Khaled Jarrar

Mon, October 8, 2018 9:30 am at New York Stock Exchange

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"What is the value of the body as a product when, in the pursuit of war for economic gain, humans become abstract ideas rather than individuals?"

It’s no secret that war is a profitable business. Exploitation of individuals–both as laborers and soldiers–provides corporations, defense contractors and governments with daily economic gain. With no incentive to end wars, those profiting continue to propagate them: not on the front lines, but from the comfort of their offices and homes, divorced from the real human toll of war. Funding of defense contractors does not mean culpability for the investor; owning stock in a war profiteer does not require seeing the faces of the soldiers or civilians. "Blood for Sale" enacts the rituals of Wall Street and the depersonalization of the stock exchange using the artist’s own body and the most precious of all commodities: his life’s blood.Itexplores the value of a human life as explicitly monetary and, for a price, one can own a share of this artist.

Khaled Jarrar presents "Blood for Sale," a daily public performance at Wall Street (corner of Wall St and Broad St, Manhattan) in conjunction with an exhibition at Open Source Gallery, NY. During the performances, Jarrar will invite the public to invest in the artist by buying his blood on Wall Street. Following the performances, the artifacts and accompanying documentation will be on view at Open Source Gallery, NY.

Performances:October 8-12, 2018. 9:30 am – 4 pm Daily (Corner of Wall St and Broad St, Manhattan, NY)

Opening Reception:October 13, 7-9pm (Open Source Gallery, NY )

Exhibition: October 13-27 (Open Source Gallery, NY)

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The performance will be live streamed atAl Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Arton October 8 and October 12 (4:30-7pm, GMT +3, Jrs time).

About the Artist:

Born in Palestine, Khaled Jarrar enrolled in the Palestinian Presidential Guard as a young man and eventually become Yasser Arafat’s bodyguard. His time as a soldier has informed his work as an artist and Jarrar often uses the subject of Palestine, particularly the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, as a starting point for larger investigations of militarized societies, focusing on economic and state powers that fuel and profit from war. Jarrar’s work explores the impact of capitalism and imperialism on ordinary citizens, often through interventions that invite public participation.

Khaled Jarrar lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Jarrar completed his education in Interior Design at the Palestine Polytechnic University and graduated from the International Academy of Art Palestine with a BFA in visual art. Jarrar has presented solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz (Dubai), Art Bartsch & Cie (Geneva), Galerie Polaris (Paris), and Gallery One (Ramallah) amon others. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery (London), Diverse Works (Houston), 57th Venice Biennale (Venice), Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (London), and the New Museum (New York) among many others.

This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Last updated: 2018-10-11 06:47:38

Blood For Sale: Khaled Jarrar
Blood For Sale: Khaled Jarrar
Khaled Jarrar, Blood for Sale, 2018 (photo by Stefan Hagen)
Khaled Jarrar, Blood for Sale, 2018 (photo by Stefan Hagen)

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