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Rose Art Museum at Brandeis to feature exhibit about Christian Arabs

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 7, 2012 12:02 PM

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The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University will open 100 Steps to the Mediterranean this month, a photography and video installation exhibition by Middle Eastern artist Dor Guez.

The exhibit will open Sept. 20 with a reception from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m., and will be open to the public in the Lois Foster Gallery until Dec. 9. There is also an artist talk scheduled for Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.

In his installation, Guez, who has both Christian Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian heritages, focuses his artwork on the Christan Arab minority in Israel. The exhibit challenges prevailing narratives of East and West, Jews and Arabs, religion and secularism, and Israeli and Palestinian identity, according to a prepared statement from the museum.

The exhibition will be the Guez's most comprehensive to date and his first major museum show in the United States, the museum said.

Guez's work has been featured in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Petach Tikva Museum of Art in Israel, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the 12th Istanbul Biennale, the 17th Videobrasil in São Paolo, the Jewish Museum in New York, and the 3rd Moscow International Biennale.

Guez will be the Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist in Residence at Brandeis University in conjunction with his exhibition at the Rose. He was also chosen as the 2012 International Artist in Residence at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas.

Guez is a lecturer in the History and Theory Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and a researcher affiliated with Tel Aviv University. In 2009, he established the Christian Palestinian Archive, which forms the basis of much of his work and is the first archive devoted to this minority across the Middle East.

Located on Brandeis University’s campus at 415 South St. in Waltham, the museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.brandeis.edu/rose/ or call 781-736-3434.

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