Emily Jacir

"embrace is a circular, motorised sculpture fabricated to look like an empty luggage conveyor system found in airports. It remains perfectly still and quiet, but when a viewer comes near the sculpture their presence activates the work; it turns on and starts moving. The work’s diameter refers to the height of the artist. The work symbolises, amongst many things, waiting and the etymology of the word ‘embrace’."

Emily Jacir was born in 1970 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and now lives and works in Ramallah and New York. Solo exhibitions include the Beirut Art Center (2010), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009), and the Kunstmuseum, St Gallen (2008). Jacir participated in the 51st (2005), 52nd (2007), and 53rd (2009) Venice Biennales, the 15th Sydney Biennial (2006), Sharjah Biennial 7 (2005) and the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003). She received the Hugo Boss Prize (2008), the Prince Claus Award (2007) and a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (2007). She is Professor and member of the Academic Board at the International Academy of Art Palestine (2006-11), and Resident Professor at Home Workspace Program, Beirut (2011-12). Emily Jacir is represented by Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, and Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York.

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