One of the show's most striking offerings is "Qalandia 2067," an installation by Palestinian artist Wafa Hourani.
Los Angeles Times
The whole thing draws you in, but becomes more and more unsettling the longer you look. Unlike, say, the Chapman brothers' Hell, this model is all a bit clunky, and is all the more affecting because of it. The air of everyday menace and surveillance gets to you.
In a fantastically detailed architectural model, Wafa Hourani gives the overcrowded Palestinian refugee camp Qalandia a utopian spin
The New York Times
(One strange highlight is Wafa Hourani's rough-hewn model of a utopian Palestinian refugee camp, the security wall covered in mirrors like a disco ball.) But the moving image, again and again, offers the best way into the complex, precarious reality of places we cannot afford to be ignorant about.
Nowhere is this more prevalent in the show than in the Palestinian works. Wafa Hourani’s sculpture
Perhaps the most exciting work for me is the powerful piece by young Palestian artist Wafa Hourani
There is one weighty, moving, pertinent piece here – Wafa Hourani Qalandia 2067
However, certain works exert a clear attraction on the public and provoke reflection. So are the models of the Palestinian Wafa Hourani
one sculpture gained poignancy. “Qalandia 2087,” an elaborate architectural model by the Ramallah-based Wafa Hourani, reimagines a Palestinian refugee camp as a utopian zone of playgrounds, cafés, and landscaped courtyards—there’s even a glitter-paved aquarium, stocked with fish. It’s a potent reminder that art really can be a matter of life and death
The New Yorker
In one of the largest presentations in the show, the Palestinian artist Wafa Hourani built a sprawling miniature model of the Qalandia refugee camp as it might exist – much more peacefully and serenely – in the year 2087.
Accompanied by a cacophony of Arab music, this reconstruction of a miniature makeshift cardboard city is grim but somehow delights with mimetic detail, empathy and the drama of human survival.
The ever-smiling Palestinian artist Wafa Hourani’s quiet behaviors come at a striking contrast to the outspokenness of his work “Qalandia 2087,”
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