Statement of the artist for the «Postcard Project» of the House of World Cultures
´Being a visual artist who practices writing on art, the two major questions I am grappling with in my work are:
1. How can today´s art be activated in such a way that it may inspire hope in a world that is increasingly being haunted by despair?
2. To retain the integrity between ethics and aesthetics. What is the strategy to proceed with that would secure the means of political and cultural resistance in our fast-changing world?´
Kamal Boulatta, 2007
As a painter and writer Kamal Boulatta draws parallels between visual and verbal expression in works of art integrating Biblical and Islamic verse as well as contemporary poetry. His geometrically abstract acryl pictures and calligraphy evoke impressions and memories of childhood in hues strident or tender, in reflections, mosaics, contrasts of darkness and light, and engravings.
Born in Jerusalem in 1942 he studied at the Art Academy in Rome and at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington D.C., since 1993 has been doing pioneer research into Islamic art and from 1993 to 1994 took part in the Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship in Morocco. His writings about art appear in newspapers, anthologies, exhibition catalogues and encyclopaedias in the West and the Near East, and in the 1990s he published limited editions of unique hand-finished art-books with his texts and images.
Boullata’s pictorial works on paper or sailcloth invite viewers to take part in a visual adventure, since his work can be viewed separately or as part of an overall composition like a mosaic.
He has held exhibitions in Europe, the USA and the Middle East, and some of his works are in official collections like the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the British Museum in London, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, the Patronato de la Alhambra in Granada, the World Bank in Washington D.C., and UNESCO in Paris.
Boullata is a member of the Sakakini General Assembly and lives and works in Menton in the south of France.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Born in Jerusalem
Study at the Art Academy in Rome
Study at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C.
Fellow at the Fulbright Senior Scholarship in Morocco
Group Exhibitions (Selected)
Exhibition / Installation
British Museum, London, UK
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Solo Exhibitions (Selected)
Exhibition / Installation
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
Musée du Château Dufresne, Montreal, Canada
Patronato de la Alhambra, Granada, Spain
National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
Ltd. hand-created art editions
Twelve Lanterns for Granada
A Clock of Clouds
(Ed.) Women of the Fertile Crescent: An Anthology of Arab Women´s Poems
(Ed.) The World of Rashid Hussein: A Palestinian Poet in Exile
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
(01 March 07 - 31 December 08)