Video and New Media Gallery

Inas Halabi: Letters to Fritz and Paul

September 7–December 16, 2018

Letters to Fritz and Paul (2016–8) connects the histories of museum collections and scientific research to the violence of European colonialism. The video imagines an epistolary exchange between the artist and Fritz and Paul Sarasin, two Swiss cousins, lovers, and scientists, to question how museums construct and narrate history.

Inas Halabi (b. 1988, Palestine) is a 2017–19 artist-in-residence at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She received her BA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2011 and her MFA from Goldsmiths College in 2014. In 2016 the A.M. Qattan Foundation named her its Young Artist of the Year.

The Smith College Museum of Art is the first institution in the U.S. to exhibit Halabi’s work. Halabi will be lecturing on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 5 PM in Graham Hall. 

This exhibition is supported by the Suzannah J. Fabing Programs Fund for the Smith College Museum of Art with additional support from The Sams Fund, Middle East Studies; the Lewis Global Studies Center; Film and Media Studies; the Museums Concentration; Department of Art; and the Lecture Committee. It is organized by Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art.

Image: Courtesy of the artist.