Debriefing Session II is a 20-minute account of Public Movement's research about modern art made in Palestine before 1948 and the ways in which that research activates current politics. The private, one-on-one session draws out the performative relationship between nation-states and their cultural institutions.
In her role as Director of Strategy and Protocol, Alhena created and wrote Debriefing Session II with Dana Yahalomi, Director of Public Movement.
Debriefing Sessions II has been activated at the following sites:
October - December 2015 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, as part of Public Movement's durational exhibition, National Collection. Activated in Tel Aviv by: Hagar Ophir and Nir Shaulof
June 18 - October 1 2016 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, as part of the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa curated by Sara Raza. Research and training by Hagar Ophir. Activated in New York by Amir Farjoun and Ruth Patir.
Image: Public Movement, Debriefing Session II, 2016. Photo by Kristopher McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. All Rights Reserved.
Debriefing Session I is about the American-Israeli lobby, civil pilgrimage, the right of return, nation branding, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, and the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
During the private, one-on-one sessions, a Public Movement Agent reveals key conflicts from the mission, SALONS: Birthright Palestine?, which was presented as part of the New Museum Triennial: The Ungovernables (2012).
Debriefing Session is a method of sharing the complex relations between cultural production, public and private funding bodies, political agendas and activism.
Debriefing Session I has been activated:
April, 2012 - New Museum Triennial: “The Ungovernables”. Location: Tribeca Grand New York, NY Co-commissiones by Artis, New Museum With the support of: Ostrovsky Family Fund, The Israeli Lottery Curator: Eungie Joo
November 2012 - Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki. Location: Sokos Hotel, Helsinki, Finland Curator: Satu Herrala, Eva Neklyaeva
March 2013 - Artis. Location: Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, USA
July 2013 - Under the Mountain Festival (Jerusalem Season of Culture). Location: American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel Curator: Omer Krieger
December 2013. Location: Sheraton Hotel Tel Aviv, Israel. With the support of the Israeli Cultural Ministry
February 2014 - Castlefield Gallery, part of the exhibition “Radical Conservatism”. Location: Hilton Double Tree Manchester, Great Britain Curators: Pil and Galia Kollectiv
March 2014 - A-Genre Festival, Tmuna Theater. Location: An office next to Tmuna Theater Tel Aviv, Israel curator: Yair Vardi
April 2016 - Pelican Bomb, part of the exhibition "False Flags". Curator: Noah Simblist
Image: Debriefing Session I, Jerusalem, 2013. Photo by:
Art Monthly, Public Movement, Bob Dickinson, April 2014
Hyperallergic, 10 Best Art Shows in 2013, Hrag Vartanian, 01/04/14
Flash Art, Under the Mountain, Nicola Trezzi, October 2013
Dazed Digital, A Hard Encounter, Suzanne Davies-Crook, September 2013
Image: Debriefing Session I, Los Angeles, 2012. Photo by: Carmen Uriarte / Phoenix Raising Art © Public Movement.