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IN RESPONSE

Tribute to a Palestinian

By Murtaza Vali

New York critics decried Emily Jacir’s work for its bias before looking at its form. 

MATERIAL FOR A FILM (PERFORMANCE), 2006, 1,000 blank books shot by the artist with a .22 caliber gun, 

shelving, 67 photographs, dimensions variable. Installation view at Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2009. 

Photo by David Heald. Courtesy the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York. 

Walking through Emily Jacir’s 2008 Hugo Boss Prize exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, which ran from February through April, I chanced upon two museum
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