Improvising statehood at the Berlin Biennale

0 Posted by - April 23, 2012 - Blog

It is a postage stamp for a nation that exists somewhere between memory’s twilight, international conflict and the aurora of hope. Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar has designed a postage stamp for Palestine for the Berlin Biennale (which opens April 27). The stamp pictures the Palestinian Sun Bird and the words “State of Palestine” in Arabic, Hebrew and English. The stamp has been issued as official postage by the German postal service, Deutsche Post. More than 20,000 have been sold.

In an interview with Reuters, Jarrar said that his stamps are party in response to a law that forbids the Palestinian postal service from printing the words “State of Palestine”.

Jarrar, 36, is one of rising stars of the Palestinian art world. Last year, he began stamping the passports of visitors to the Palestinian territories using a stamp of his own design. Jarrar works with photography, video, and performance.

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