Permanent Temporariness: Film Screenings and Curator-led Tour at NYUAD Art Gallery


Permanent Temporariness: Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti at NYUAD Art Gallery. Photo by Aitzaz Ansar (via the

I've been invited to present a series of short films at NYUAD Art Gallery, part of its latest exhibition Permanent Temporariness: Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, curated by Salwa Mikdadi and Bana Kattan

The screenings will take place on Wednesday, 23rd May at (pm in the Screening Room at the NYUAD Arts Center, followed by a curator-led tour of the exhibition. Since it's also Ramadan, Suhoor will be served at the gallery. The screenings and the tour are free to attend, but please register here.

Here's the list of films that will be screened on the night. I am particularly excited for Introduction to the End of an Argument by Jayce Solloum and Elia Suleiman from 1990. 

Dir: Fabio Palmieri |2015 | Documentary | 9min 

Against a tellingly hypnotic factory backdrop, a refugee encapsulates the global immigration crisis in his own wrenching words. Each year, thousands of people try to enter other countries. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. 

Measures of Uncertainty
Dir: Jawad Al Malhi |Documentary | 4:28min | No dialogue 

Measures of Uncertaintywas shot in Shufhat Refugee Camp, in occupied East Jerusalem. The camp has a population of over 100,000 people and is situated less than 5km from the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. Filmmaker Al Malhi has himself grown up in the camp and has continually tasked himself with creating representations of the everyday life of his community through photography, video, painting and sculpture.

District of the Post Office
Dir: Rosalind Nashashibi | 2002 | 7min

One slow, hot afternoon, a neighbourhood built to be a utopian suburb for employees of the Palestinian Post Office now becomes a lawless no-man’s-land between occupied East Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Introduction to the End of an Argument
Dir: Jayce Solloum and Elia Suleiman | 1990 | 45min

With a combination of film, documentary, news coverage and excerpts of "live" footage shot in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Introduction to the End of an Argument explores representations of the Middle East, Arab culture and the Palestinian people by the West. 


Date: Wednesday, 23rf May 2018 at 9pm
Venue: Film screenings: NYUAD Arts Center, Screening Room C3-B101 and curator led tour at the NYUAD Art Gallery (location map)