Yesterday, Come Closer by Ibrahem Hasan
April 29 - June 3
Palestinian people have been living under a brutal military occupation by Israel since 1948, resulting in significant deprivation of basic human rights, such as freedom of movement, access to water and electricity, and the ability to build or develop their communities. Yesterday, Come Closer conceptualizes the idea of home through childhood memories distorted into adulthood by Palestinian American artist, Ibrahem Hasan (Chicago, USA. 1980). This highly personal exhibition acknowledges that memory is fleeting, exasperated by oppression it leads to the obliteration of identity, culture, and ancestry. The installations were conceived by examining personal and collective histories then applying various textures of distortion whether through imagery, textile, graphic, or sound. Ibrahem’s narrative is an unfolding dialogue about the interconnectedness between the struggles of the Palestinian people and all those who suffer under oppressive regimes.
“Old memories haunt me. Haunt my people. Imprints stripped away over time like a cassette tape listened one too many times. It’s like a slow drip over the forehead of a prisoner. The first drop of water on a forehead does nothing, but after a thousand drops we start to lose our minds, lose our identity. We hold onto fragments that are distorted into fiction. Over time they become unrecognizable to future generations. We question its very existence. Unfortunately it’s all by design.”
— Ibrahem Hasan