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Embassy of Unofficial Palestine (EOUP), 2018
Canvas parachute, mixed media installation
EOUP mixes the iconography of the Dome of the Rock with the mechanism of parachuting in an architectural image that identifies its purpose as a body of aid to Palestinians. Playing the role of an unofficial representative, EOUP, or The Embassy of Unofficial Palestine, is an organisation that works to provide relief for Palestinian Refugees residing outside of the PLO mandates or UNRWA jurisdiction.
The Embassy is set to be run by Palestinians for Palestinians through organised voluntary work and services. It will mainly provide social help in the form of medical advice, legal work and many other forms of assistance for Palestinian Refugees around the globe. In its current standing, the work balances itself between the possible and the absurd, by composing itself through analytical research and theoretical study within the conceptual parameters of art.
Walid Al Wawi lives and works in London, UK. In 2018, he received his MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art in London. In 2011, he was awarded The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. Since then he has collaborated on group exhibitions and contributed to international and local art festivals. His first live performance was in late 2014 at FIAC in Paris. After obtaining his MFA from Central Saint Martins, Walid was awarded a scholarship from the Sheikha Salama Art Foundation in Abu Dhabi that enabled him to go on many residential experiences, including the 2017 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Residency for International Artists in Seoul, South Korea. Walid’s work has been added to many collections, including a recent acquisition in the collection of his Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
© Photo: Courtesy of A.M. Qattan Foundation
A.M. Qattan Foundation's program to support Palestinian artists. Exhibition of the awardees and shortlisted artists. 6 Nov. - 27 Dec. 2018, AMQF Cultural Centre, Ramallah.