New York

Emily Jacir

Alexander and Bonin

Emily Jacir is a bilingual American citizen, born in Bethlehem and living between New York and Ramallah. Her work arises from her position as a young, cosmopolitan cultural worker who is active not only on behalf of Palestinian statehood but also within an international network of friends and colleagues. Jacir quotes the voices of these individuals in her text-based works and uses images of their daily lives in her photographs. Her recent show at Alexander and Bonin included forty-five hand-painted reproductions of e-mail messages she has received since 2000. She also presented drawings, photographs, and videos, all concerned with ways in which language functions—in the form of words, sounds, and pictures—to create the relationships and beliefs we call identity.

Inbox, 2004–2005, the e-mail work, initially looks daunting. Each 11 x 8 1⁄2 inch panel is painstakingly lettered in black on

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