Wednesday, 6 July 2016

World Water Joy : A Work in Progress - Participating Artist - Jack Persekian

The Jordan River & the Dead Sea 
Project conceived by Jack Persekian, photographs by Issa Freij.

The Jordan River & the Dead Sea

In 1964 Israel started transferring an estimated 98 percent of the Jordan River out of its basin the Lake Tiberias into a large central pipeline called The National Water Carrier, basically drying out the Jordan River and seriously threatening the ecology and sustainability of the Dead Sea.

Born and living in Jerusalem. Curator and producer, Persekian is the founder and director of Anadiel Gallery and the Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem. Previous positions held were: Director and Head Curator of the Palestinian Museum (2012 – 2015), Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2009 – 2011), Artistic Director of the Sharjah Biennial (2007 – 2011), Head Curator of the Sharjah Biennial (2004 – 2007). Founder and Artistic Director of The Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2007 to date) and Qalandiya International (2012-14). 
Curated exhibitions include: Disorientation II, Manaret Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi (2009), Never-Part, Bozar, Brussels (2008), Dubai Next, co-curated with Rem Koolhaas at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2008), Reconsidering Palestinian Art, Cuenca, Spain (2006); Disorientation – Contemporary Arab Artists from the Middle East, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2003). Additional productions and artistic direction include: The Palestinian Cultural Event at the World Economic Forum in the Dead Sea, Jordan (2004), and the Millennium Celebrations in Bethlehem - Bethlehem 2000 (1999 - 2000).

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