Open call to participate in the new art project by Khaled Jarrar
In summer 2014, the Istanbul based team of InEnArt started reviving an art project by Khaled Jarrar. Now, Khaled Jarrar and the team have decided to issue and dispatch another round of stamps for the State of Palestine
The first postage stamps design for the State of Palestine, one of Jarrar’s contributions to the 7th Berlin Biennale in 2012, caught the attention of the Istanbul based InEnArt team. After months of using various channels to spread the message, 50 sets of stamps were printed and dispatched to 12 countries in the world and all five continents.
As the first round was a great success and led to meaningful discussions on if, how and why art can influence real politics, the artist in collaboration with InEnArt decided to set up a second round of spreading the stamps all over the world.
To manifest the idea of the stamps as collectors’ item, Khaled Jarrar decided to design a new postage stamp for this round. The new stamp depicts the beautiful and characteristic flower Anemone Shaqiqat Al Nu’man (anemones), known scientifically as Anemone Coronary.
“That thou canst not stir a flower Without troubling of a star”
This filigree red wildflower is very much associated with Arabic literature. The legend says that Anemones grew on the tomb of Al-Nu’man Bin Muncher, a famous king of Al Hira in Iraq. During the battle of Thi Qar against the Persians, Al Nu’man was run over by elephants as he refused to submit Arab women to the Persian king as captives. Since then, those flowers are attributed to Al Nu’man to resemble his bravery and courageousness. Shaqiqat Al Nu’man are well known in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq and may be called Shaqiqat Al Nu’man, Dahnoun or Hannoon.
By ordering a sheet of 20 postage stamps by Khaled Jarrar for EUR 25, you automatically participate in this art project that embodies the wish to create an open, independent country guaranteeing freedom to everyone to carry one’s life in one’s hand.
Sorry, all sheets are sold out now.
If you’re around Geneva, don’t miss the opening of Khaled Jarrar’s solo in May 28th at the Gallery Art Bätschi in Geneva.