Phantom Home, co-produced by Jeu de Paume in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves of Porto, is the first retrospective of Palestinian artist Ahlam Shibli.

First retrospective of the artist Ahlam Shibli in MACBA.
Barcelona - JAN 24, 2013

Ahlam Shibli unfolds in Phantom Home an acute reflection on the notion of home. Through a documentary style that ignores the objectivity associated with photojournalism, the photographer explores the contradictory implications that affect life under repressive politics of identity. 

Through conversation and empirical contact with the context and culture, Shibli portrays the subjects with respect for their privacy, approaching their reality being careful not to create interferences during the moment he captures. His gaze is meditative, devoid of from the usual social noise of tabloid photojournalism.

Phantom Home is composed of several series of photographs that capture various nuances and points of view of the concept of home. The works address the loss of home and the fight against this loss. Shibli also reflects the constraints and limitations imposed by the notion of home to those whose lives revolve under strict identity politics. In Death (2011-2012), presented for the first time, he reflects the ways in which the "missing" are remembered in the domestic and personal spheres, to carry on their presence within the community.

 In Goter (2002-2003), Arab al-Sbaih (2007) and The Valley (2007-2008) Shibli portrays life in the slums of Palestine to show the negative effects of territorial domination and on-going conflict. Furthermore, in Dziecka Dom. The house starves When You Are Away (2008) and Eastern LGBT (2006) shows the everyday life of certain social groups.

Ahlam Shibli, Phantom Home.From January 24 to April 28. MACBA, Barcelona.


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