Basel Al Maqosui

 

Palestinian Dress, 100 x 80 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014.

Palestinian Dress, 100 x 80 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014.

 

Palestinian Dress

In the 19th and early 20th Century, foreign travellers to Palestine often commented on the great variety of costumes worn by the Palestinian village women. Many of these garments were richly embroidered and the creation of them played a very important role in the lives of the women that wore them. Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costume reflected a woman’s economic and marital status as well as her town or district of origin. Experts would discern this information from the fabric, colours, cut and embroidery motif’s (or lack thereof) on the apparel.

In this work, Bassel El Maqosui reflects on the costume itself- showing his desire to document its elaborate nature in a rather contemporary manner.

BASEL M

Born in Gaza in 1971, Basel El Maqosui is a painter, photographer and video artist. Basel completed an Art Course in Gaza City in 1995 and in 2000, 2001 and 2003, Basel attended the summer Academy of Art at Darat al Funun, run by the Khalid Shoman Foundation, in Amman, Jordan. In 2003, he was awarded the Charles Asprey award for Palestinian Artists and was shortlisted for the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Artist of the Year award. Basel has participated in a number of local and international group and solo exhibitions and currently teaches art at the Jabalya Rehabilitation Centre for deaf and dumb children.

Notable Exhibitions:

  • ‘Letters and Faces Under Seige’, Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art, Gaza (2011).
  • Arte Video, Roma Festival (2011).
  • ‘Box’, Windows from Gaza, Milan (2011).
  • ‘Revolution and Solidarity’, Egypt (2011)
  • ‘Many Statues for One Sea’, Palestinian Embassy, Egypt (2010).
  • ’10’, Rashad Shawa Cultural Centre, Windows from Gaza, Gaza (2010).
  • ‘War Stories’, Gaza Human Rights Centre, Gaza (2010).
  • ‘Cia Photo’, German Cultural Centre, Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art, Gaza (2010).
  • ‘Status’, Rashad Shawa Cultural Centre, Independent Institution for Human Rights, Gaza (2010)
  • ‘Salute to Jerusalem’, Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art (2010).
  • ’22 Gaza, Memory to Eternity’, Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art, Gaza (2010).
  • ‘Photo’s from Gaza’, France (2010).
  • ‘Palestine in the Eyes of the Youth’, Palestine (2010, 2011)
  • ‘Photo’s from the War on Gaza’, Italy (2010)
  • ‘War Traces’, French Cultural Centre, Gaza (2009)
  • ‘Late July’, Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art, Gaza (2009)
  • ‘Hawsh of Arts’, Jerusalem (2009)
  • ‘Marseille Festival for Video Art’ (2008, 2010).
  • ‘Coloured Blockade’, Rashad Shawa Cultural Centre, Gaza Centre for Human Rights (2008)
  • ‘Without Preparation: Photo’s from Gaza’, Amman (2008).
  • ‘Arab Photographer’s Union’, Germany (2008).
  • ‘Sea and Sky’, Photographs, Arab Photographers Union, Germany (2008).
  • ‘It is Happening, So’, Rashad Shawa Cultural Centre, Gaza (2008).
  • ‘The Visible and the Invisible’, French Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2007)
  • ‘Nuit Blanche’, French Cultural Centre, Gaza (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).
  • ‘Prohibited’, Video Art, Gaza Gallery, EL Mena (2006).
  • ‘No Signal’, Sea Port Gallery, Palestinian Ministry of Culture and Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art (2006).
  • ‘Prohibited’, Sea Port Gallery, Palestinian Ministry of Culture and Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art (2006).
  • ‘Birth Certificate’, Video Art, Gaza Gallery, El Mena (2005).
  • ‘Plan’, Video Art, Gaza Gallery, El Mena (2004)
  • ‘A Present to Marwan’, Arts and Craft Village, Gaza (2005)
  • Zeitgeit Gallery, Boston (2005).
  • Arab Students Association, M.I.T. Boston (2005).
  • ‘Plan’, Sea Port Gallery, Palestinian Ministry of Culture and Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art (2005).
  • ‘Birth Certificate’, Sea Port Gallery, Palestinian Ministry of Culture and Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art (2005).
  • Plastic Artist Exhibition, Cairo, Aswan, Alexandria (2003, 2004, 2006).
  • ‘Window’s From Gaza’, Al Qattan Centre (Ramallah), Al Salam Centre (Bethlehem), Alwasiti Centre (Jerusalem) (2003).
  • Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem (2003).
  • ‘The Art of Reaching the Land’, Italy (2003).
  • Windows from Gaza and Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, Hebraon, Bethlehem (2003)
  • ‘A Moment of Faith’, Khalil Al Sakakini Centre, Ramallah (2002).
  • ‘Merwan Kasab Bashi’, Student Exhibition, Darrat Al Funun, Khaled Shoman Association, Amman (2002).
  • ‘Art Across Borders’, Touring Exhibition, USA (2002).
  • ‘September Academy Exhibition’, Darrat Al Funun, Khaled Shoman Association, Amman (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004).
  • ‘Jerusalem Exhibition for the Intifada’, Fine Artists League, Amman (2001).
  • ‘With you’, Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Egypt (2001)
  • ‘We Will Be’, Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Gaza (2001)
  • ‘Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Artists’, Dar El Karama, Ramallah (2000)
  • ‘2 x 12’, Arts and Crafts Village, Gaza (2000)
  • ‘Afaak’, YMCA, Gaza (1997, 1999, 2000).
  • ‘Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Fine Artists’, Dar Al Karama Association, Ramallah (2000).

Contact:

m.basel502@hotmail.com

 LINKS:
http://alhoush.com/basel-s-al-maqousi
http://www.artwfg.ps
http://facebook.com/basel.elmaqosui1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y_-cr6FXm0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cap2kJN7oIM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2ZcR6itH…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDHuvVxwT…
http://www.vimeo.com/7590823
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31315139@N03/
http://www.artwfg.ps/cv.php?id_artist=2&op=index
http://www.gfvart.ps/index.php

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