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Raeda Saadeh

Palestinian territories (1977 )
saadeh raeda Who Will Make Me Real?

Apr 30, 2008
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Raeda Saadeh - Double Identity

Raeda Saadeh - Double Identity

Original 2005


Lot number: 172
Raeda Saadeh (Palestinian, b. 1977)
Double Identity
fine art pigment print
35 3/8 x 35 3/8in. (90 x 90cm.)
Executed in 2005, this work is number two from an edition of three plus two artist's proofs
Rose Issa, London. Acquired from the above by the present owner.
R. Issa (ed.), Raeda Saadeh Reframing Palestine, London 2012 (illustrated in colour, p. 43).
Raeda Saadeh - Mona Lisa

Raeda Saadeh - Mona Lisa

Original 2007


Gross Price
Lot number: 161
measurements note
overall: 106 by 81cm.; 41 3/4 by 31 7/8 in.
signed, titled, dated 2007 and numbered 5/7 on a label affixedto the reverse
Private Collection, London

Stockholm, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Fleeing Away from WhatBothers You Most, 2007The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, No Man's Land?, 2008Algiers, Musée d'Art Moderne & Contemporain d'Algers, L'Art auFéminin, 2007-2008, illustration of another example on the frontcover

Part of a photographic series inspired by eminent masterpiecesof the sixteenth and eighteenth century masters such as Da Vinci,Vermeer and Nattier, Raeda Saadeh re-enacts here the most renownedpainting in the history of art, The Mona Lisa.Originally from Um al-Fahem-a small conservative Muslim town in theGalilee- and Israeli by adoption, Raeda Saadeh moved away from herhometown to study at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design inJerusalem. Ever since, the artist engaged in exploring a spherethat broke with the social norms and values of conservative Muslimsociety. Her artistic practice has evolved around genderrepresentation within the socio-political Palestinian context andthe very re-enactment of the Mona Lisa conveys the artist's questfor personal, social and political change. But above all, itarticulates the artist's need to escape from the confinement of herown reality. The present work is therefore a poignant testimony ofan artistic resistance against religious dogma, and the limitationsit places on women in general and herself in particular.Saadeh has mastered in the present work the juxtaposition ofaesthetic beauty and emotional struggle with the use of a staticpose and a deeply restrained body language. The replication of thisicon of Western culture is intended to stress the inability torelate to the wider scope of symbols affiliated to this verypicture. And it therefore reflects a strong desire to belong to aculture which would allow stepping away from the restrictions ofher own suppressed identity-The lifetime incarceration of being aPalestinian in Israel and an Israeli in Palestine. Culturaldisplacement is palpable and the artist skilfully depicted in thepresent work the sparkling tension between aesthetics andrepresentation.
Raeda Saadeh - Palestinian, B. 1977

Raeda Saadeh - Palestinian, B. 1977 Crossroad

Original 2003


Gross Price
Lot number: 516
measurements note 102.2 by 102.2cm.; 40 1/4 by 40 1/4 in.
signed, dated 2003 and numbered 5/6 on a label
affixed to the reverse
cibachrome print mounted on aluminium
Gannit Ankori, Palestinian Art, London 2006, front
cover, another example illustrated in colour
CATALOGUE NOTEThe work of Palestinian-Israeli artist Raeda Saadeh is perhaps
best articulated by the following poem:
Identity...Do not be bewildered! I am the strange contradiction between a thousand opinions and a thousand lies of all the broken fences. I am the contradiction that unbalances the old and the new The contradiction between the fortune teller and the tale. I always dreamt of becoming a communist comrade Of a born again believer, dense and unable to understand So that just for a moment, peace will come to my soul And then I will become the stranger Or perhaps the one who belongs. When I sleep in my Israeli affiliation And wake up occasionally with my Palestinian sorrow My Arab distress My Druze embarrassment What will you have me say, That all these are my identity? So be it: But when my communist friend hears this he says to me: You must read Lenin so that peace will dwell between you and yourself You and your Gods! Imagine! When my Jewish friend hears these things, he says to me: Tuck in your [military] uniform Without it you look like a member of the 'minority' an [Arab] labourer in the streets of Haifa. And when my bearded friend from Um al-Fahem sees me (in or out of uniform) he says: Not one righteous man will come from your midst A Druze you will stay, a traitor you will remain... Oh people of this land so full of contradictions Where people go out to gaze at the blooming Iris of Gilboa And then to war. I will sacrifice my soul as your scapegoat As always And my bitter flesh will fill with poison. I hate leafing through Arab history books that categorize people according to their nations. More than that I hate the Hebrew press that makes of every new immigrant a worthier citizen than I. Oh, people of this land full of contradictions...
Nizar Khir cited in: Gannit Ankori, Palestinian Art,
London 2006, p.117.
Raeda Saadeh - Who Will Make Me Real?

Raeda Saadeh - Who Will Make Me Real?

Original 2006


Gross Price
Lot number: 121
Who Will Make Me Real?
photographic colour print mounted on aluminium
Executed in 2006
Lot Notes
In this self portrait the artist is swathed in newspapers, which as usual are replete with bad news.
This work is inspired by a poem written by the Lebanese poet Nadia Tuenis, entitled
Who Will make me Real?
"Threatened, therefore living,
Wounded, therefore being
Fearful, therefore frightening,
Erect, therefore a flame tress.
Who will make me real?"

Nadia Tuenis,
Poems of Love and War
, a bilingual anthology, edited by Christophe Ippolito, translated from the French by Samuel Hazo and Paul
B. Kelley, Syracuse, 2006, p.89
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