About The Work
Eternal Map, 2019 not only goes some way to highlight the limiting conditions enforced upon those that were displaced but also heightens the gap between the Palestine of the past and the reality of the now. Hazem Harb takes a research-driven approach to interrogate his country’s past and its place in the world today. Moving beyond the limitations of verbal language and photojournalism Harb forms collages that examine the nuances and issues surrounding shifting borders, displacement and diaspora, past and present - topics that continue to captivate and resonate the global eye. For Eternal Map the artist traces white, red and green strings over a 1930s photograph of agricultural workers to form the twists and turns of his country’s map in the traditional colours underscoring Palestine’s existence.
Visual artist Hazem Harb, always referring to his own Palestinian identity, takes a research-driven approach, moving beyond the limitations of verbal languge and photojournalism to create a physical representation of multi-faceted social issues. His collages examine the nuances and problems surrounding shifting borders, displacement and diaspora. Intelligent, philosophical, and visually impactful Harb’s creative process reflects the artist’s commitment to making a real connection with his collective past while resisting its systematic erasure.
The artist works in an underlying register, his works primarily concerned with the historical past of his country and its place in the current day. Harb’s use of collage allows him to construct a discourse that did not previously exist or was at least hidden. The artist imbeds old photographs and archival objects within his works, often rare pieces of the past that he cuts and inserts into conceptual compositions. Both the result and the approach relay a hidden story, the use of genuine historical sources summoning the past to the present - a solution proposed by Harb to reaffirm and reestablish the cultural and physical existence of his people.
Located in Dubai, sixteen years ago the gallery embarked upon an ambitious programme with the aim of cultivating an international community centred around contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Tabari Artspace played a pivotal role in establishing the Middle Eastern masters that are collected and exhibited internationally today.
The gallery continues to honour these masters while introducing a new generation of artists that have matured in an era of technology, globalisation, and unprecedented socio-political issues. In 2017 the gallery rebranded from Artspace Dubai to Tabari Artspace.