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Emily Jacir

Alexander and Bonin

For her second solo show at Alexander and Bonin, Emily Jacir presented a new film, Lydda Airport, 2007–2009, and documentation of stazione, 2009. In different ways, both works are emblematic of the artist’s manipulation of subjective geographies to reimagine identity, history, and place. Stazione was commissioned as part of Palestine c/o Venice, a collateral event of this past summer’s Venice Biennale. The artist had envisaged the temporary inscription of Arabic translations alongside the Italian names of the vaporetto stops on the legendary route number one along the Grand Canal. A trilingual (Arabic, Italian, and English) brochure was to have been distributed around Venice. In addition to a map, this pamphlet contained a summary of the historical influence of the Arab world on Venice since the sixteenth century, in terms not only of trade but also of cultural and scientific exchange—informing

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