Selected works by Wafa Hourani

Wafa Hourani
Qalandia 2067

2008

Mixed media, in 5 parts

400 x 700 cm

Airport:
56 x 81 x 80 cm

Check Point and Bar:
56 x 80 x 73 cm

Qalandia Refugee Camp 1:
50 x 77 x 170 cm

Qalandia Refugee Camp 2: Base size: 81 x 50 x 110 x 7 x 127 cm Height: 55 cm

Wafa Hourani is a Palestinian artist living and working in Ramallah. Combining photography and sculpture his Future Cities projects deal with the social, political, and economic realities of Palestinian life to develop grim and apocalyptic predictions for the residents of the West Bank. Qalandia 2067 takes its name from the main check point crossing through the West Bank Security Fence which divides the cities of Ramallah and ar-Ram; it is a site of political unrest and human rights concerns. Dating his piece 2067 – one hundred years after the Arab-Israeli 6 Day War – Hourani has constructed 5 scale models envisioning the future of a refugee camp where time seems to have regressed rather than evolved. Basing each segment on an actual site – the airport, border crossing, and 3 settlements – the buildings are rendered as war-ravaged and crumbling, crowned by implausibly archaic remnants of TV antennae. Each building is a miniature light-box illuminating glimpses into the private lives of the residents through film strips placed in the windows, an unnerving reminder that this science fiction horror is, for many, an everyday experience.

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images – Wafa Hourani

sfeir-semler.de
Wafir Hourani – in The Middle of the Middle at Galerie Sfeir Semler, November 2008

thessalonikibiennale.gr
Wafa Hourani studied at the Ecole d’Art et de Cinéma of Tunis (1998-2001), and has made several videos in his home city of Ramallah (Poster, Yousef) as well as in other places in Palestine. Along with other means of artistic expression he uses photography either as such or in the form of collage to produce composite images or environments

mortgagesearchcentral.com
Wafa Hourani, information on his time as artist in residence at The Delfina Foundation