Artwork by Ruba Salameh
WEDNESDAY LATEST COVID-2
During the lockdown due to Covid–19, Ruba Salameh contacted some of her friends to see how they are experiencing the new situation under the lockdown. Many expressed their feelings of fear, anxiety and unreliable future. Then Ruba Salameh started an artwork that corresponds visually and literally with the state of stillness during the lockdown, Ruba Salameh also used a corona relevant joke used among friends, in attempt to slightly break the prevailing feeling of fear of uncertainty imposed by the new pandemic.
The print is a part of the Through Solidarity, We Survive initiative by CoCulture, Berlin, and is produced a limited edition of ten prints for Oslo World Festival. The art work is presented in Fotogalleriet's webshop as a part of the institution's collaboration with Oslo World Festival.
About the Artist
Ruba Salameh is a visual artist born in Nazareth in Palestine in 1985. She obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (2006-2010; 2012-2014). Her artwork has shifted from traditional painting to video works and installations over the last few years. Through her work, she questions notions of land, geographies, displacement, nationalism, and in-between temporalities, in an attempt to contemplate various scenarios of daily life which in many cases lead to states of dystopia, using cynicism and irony as tools for political suspension points. She works as a lecturer in the History of Art Painting and Practical Classic Painting at the Arab College in Haifa and conducts short-term workshops at Bezalel Academy. For the last two years, Ruba Salameh has worked on a research film about the Palestinian cultural scene that appeared in Haifa, its complex relation to self-organisation/autonomy, and how it is operating within the constantly changing environment. She has recently moved to Berlin, seeking a wider perspective and inspiration for her next coming artworks.