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Performing a book launch: Jumana Emil Abboud in conversation with Lara Khaldi

​In Aching Agony and Longing I Wait for You by the Spring of Thieves, Paperback. Black Dog Publishing​.

Jumana Emil Abboud introduces her new artist book In Aching Agony And Longing I Wait For You By The Spring Of Thieves

In collaboration with Mosaic Rooms, Tate Enterprises presents the launch of In Aching Agony And Longing I Wait For You By The Spring Of Thieves by Jumana Emil Abboud. This series of tales and poems is inspired by Palestinian folk tales and features Abboud's visual art in it's pages (slated to be published in February).

Showcasing two recent projects by the artist (Maskouneh (Inhabited), 2010​-20​17 and I Feel Nothing, 2012-2015) In Aching Agony And Longing I Wait For You By The Spring Of Thieves includes drawings, poems, folktales, video stills by project collaborator Issa Freij. Also included within the text is a journal by the artist that expresses the transformative powers of contemporary tales. The book also includes contributions from Marina Warner and Tina Sherwell.

Abboud is participating in the BMW Tate Live exhibition at Tate Modern from the 16th to the 25th March. Abboud will be sharing tales with performers in collaboration with the Arab-British Centre.

Edited by Lara Khaldi, In Aching Agony And Longing I Wait For You By The Spring Of Thieves is published in English by Black Dog publishing and is supported by Bildmuseum, Umeå University, Sweden; Darat al Funun – the Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman; and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).


Jumana Emil Abboud is a Palestinian artist based in Jerusalem. She uses drawing, video, performance, objects, and text to navigate themes of memory, loss, and resilience. Her work consistently reflects a Palestinian cultural landscape in which the struggle for continuity amid the wider political context requires a constant process of metamorphosis and ingenuity. Abboud has participated in numerous exhibitions and venues, including the Venice, Sharjah and Istanbul Biennales; the Bahrain National Museum; the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Recent solo exhibitions and performances: BALTIC centre for contemporary art, Gateshead, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Bildmuseum, Umeå University, Sweden, and Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation Amman.

Lara Khaldi is an independent curator, based in Jerusalem, Palestine. She is an alumna of de Appel curatorial programme, Amsterdam, and the European Graduate School, Switzerland. Khaldi teaches at Birzeit uNIVERSITY, Contemporary Visual Art department and at the Media Studies programme, Bard Al-Quds College for Arts and Science. Some of her recent curatorial projects are Possible Reversals: Maria Thereza Alves, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, 2017; Desires into Fossils: Monuments Without a State research exhibition series (with Reem Shilleh) Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, 2017; Eclipses, A.M Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, 2017; Oh Whale, Don’t Swallow Our Moon: a Solo exhibition of Jumana Emil Abboud's work, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center and Qalandiya International III, 2016; Benjamin in Palestine Conference (with Sami Khatib and Yazan Khalili) at Birzeit University and International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah, 2015; Love Letter to Mars (with Yazan Khalili), Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, 2014; The Jerusalem Shows IV, 2011 and V, 2012 (with Jose A. Sánchez and Katia Garcia Anton) at Al Ma’mal Art Foundation, Jerusalem. For her most recent project, Shifting Ground, Sharjah Biennial 13 Offsite project for Ramallah, Palestine in August 2017, she edited eight artist publications and curated a symposium around notions of the underground, infrastructure and museums in Palestine.​

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14 March 2018 at 19.30–21.30