From 14 January 2011 to 27 February 2011 – Depo – Cultural Center – Istanbul

Ashery and Sansour are delighted to present Falafel Road in DEPO, Istanbul. For the first time, the outcomes of their 3 years collaborative process will be shown in one location as a solo exhibition, providing a space to reflect on the project as a whole.

Ashery, born in Isreal, and Sansour, born in Palestine, have been working together with clear intentions to create unique modes of cultural and artistic resistance to the occupation of Palestine.

In DEPO, Falafel Road will feature the experimental graphic novel The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, (Charta, 2009), charting the story of the duo, as they becoming first time super-heroes in a bid to save Palestine.

Also on show and inspired by Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights is the  triptych Nonel and Vovel’s Inferno, (6×3 meters). The Inferno is a photographic, 2D and 3D digital and drawing collage charting the landscape of the occupation in the image of hell. The Triptych is accompanied by a printed Viewer’s Guide, made especially for this show.

Lastly, this exhibition will feature newly edited 20 short videos from the residency Falafel Road. The videos are raw documents of 20 meals, in 20 falafel eateries, that were open to the public and took place in London 2010. Each conversation was provoked by the initial question of whether Israel stole the falafel from the Palestinians. The videos act as direct testimonies to the contested notion of the falafel being one of Israel prized national dish. The meals, at once intense and funny, touch on subjects such as cultural colonialism, Palestinian food and cultural history, education in Palestinian and Israeli schools, the relationships between Ashery and Sansour, Orientalism, language  and terminology.

The opening night will be a quiz night, where small groups will be asked to describe on paper the scenes presented in Nonel and Vovel’s Inferno. There will be a prize for the winning team.

Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour have been working together since 2007 under the names of Nonel and Vovel. Nonel and Vovel are typos of the word – novel. During this time they have published the experimental and critically acclaimed graphic novel The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, (Charta, 2009), they have created numerous public platforms for discussions, performances and screenings at public spaces that have included: Tate Modern, Brooklyn Museum, Serpentine Gallery Edgware Road Project, Iniva, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center. The public interactive residency Falafel Road, with the Live Art Development Agency and Artsadmin has taken place in 20 falafel eateries across London during 2010. Ashery and Sansour took part in various exhibitions and conferences that have included: The Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, with Joseph Massad, Reem Fadda and Galit Eilat; in Birkbeck College, London, at a psycho political resistance conference with psychologists and psychiatrists working with mental health and trauma in Gaza and Palestine, with Eyad el Sarraj, Sami Owaida, Mohamad Mukhaimar and Mohamed Altawil. In the book fair Published and be Damned. Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, Goldsmiths College, Redrawn Boundaries, and Fall Out in Gammel Holtegaard, Copenhagen.

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