inass yassin

Projection 2008-2010

Projection started in 2008 as curious documentation of the closed and abandoned Al-Waleed Cinema house in Ramallah and Al-Bireh. This project has been a fascinating journey in witnessing how the socio-politics have shifted cityscape and the social reality which was revealed through a gradual process of the demolition.

For more on the social cinematic history in Ramallah and Al-Bireh, please visit the Jerusalem Quarterly by Institute for Palestinian Studies, Cinemas and Checkpoints, Editorial, Issue 42, 2010

"....Inass Yassin takes us into an exciting excavation of the cinematic modernity of Ramallah beginning with the 1950s. This is a period and a theme which has hardly been touched. Instead of a Cinema Paradiso, we encounter an acute nostalgia reminding us how much modern technology, while potentially and actually giving access to a much wider and versatile cinematic experience, has often been a step backward. That earlier experience was marked, in Yassin’s review, by an intimate sociability, and sense of communal interaction, which has all but disappeared." 

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Projectionist Room, 2008

Projection started as on ongoing research on Al-Waleed Cinema in 2008; one of 3 cinema houses in Ramallah & Al-Biereh that vanished. the work documented different phases of building destruction, by following its history in the collective memories of its historical audience; playing with its critical aspect of political & social transformation in our Palestinian context.

Projection deals with Al Waleed Cinema, an example of transforming vanishing public space within the Palestinian context. It witnesses transitional moments in a dramatic process of social & political conversion.

Projection started in 2008 to document the building of the cinema in 2 years of destruction process that gradually unfolded the social & political history in the city.

Abi Fawk Eshajarh (My Father In The Tree) (1969), an Arab film was announced by a poster campaign to be screened at Al-Waleed Cinema on the 12th of July 2010, at 8:00 pm in Ramallah & Al-Bireh.

Projection. Free Entrance, invited the public to attend a projection of Al-Waleed Cinema which was under demolition. , Posters of the Arabic film: ”Abi Fawk Esh-shajara” (1969) depicting the stars: Abd Haleem Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, and Merfat Amin, were spread around Ramallah and Al-Bireh, advertising the screening at Al-Waleed Cinema. The poster was the last poster that stayed in the cinema window from 1969 till 2010 when I visited the site.

The projection was documentation, research In cinema culture, site-specific installation that raises questions on the changing politics and social values. It exposed the demolition of 3 cinema houses in the city of Ramallah & Al Bireh.

To read the article: Projection: Three Cinemas in Ramallah & Al-Bireh by Inass Yassin visit:

https://www.palestine-studies.org/sites/default/files/jq-articles/42-Projection_10.pdf

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Projection Free Entrance, Poster Campaign 2010

Projection Free Entrance, poster campaign in Ramallah and Al-Bireh, 2010


By 3 days poster campaign in the twin cities of Ramallah and Al Bireh, the public was invited to attend a free and last screening at Al-Waleed Cinema house on 22nd of July 2010 . By then, the cinema building has gone already under slow demolition at Al-Nahda street. One side of the street is within the governance of Ramallah municipality, while the other is part of Al-Bireh's.  When the new owner of the cinema started the demolition process, he fenced the site and wrapped the area with a gigantic curtain. The owner who has big store facing the cinema entrance, had  full control on the site and denied any access to it. It was the time when I documented different stages of the demolition without his permission. Luckily, I got some help from the projectionist who was helping the new owner dismantling the projectors from the projection room.


In one of my quick visits, I found the poster of the musical movie Abi Fawk Ash-shajarah, 1969, staring by Abd Haleem Hafez, Nadia Lutfi & Merfat Amin. 


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Projection Free Entrance, Car Announcement 2010

Projection Free Entrance, Loudspeakers announcement in Ramallah and Al-Bireh, 2010.


A recorded advertisement was played through the loudspeakers which were fixed on a touring car. 

The announcement called for: 

Abi Fawk Eshajarah: "My Father on The Tree (1969), staring by Abd Haleem Hafez, Nadia Lutfi & Merfat Amin.For the first and the last Time since 40 years,  at Al-Waleed Cinema.

On Monday the 12d July 2010 at 8:00 pm 

and the biggest surprise : It is Free Entrance!




In collaboration with Municipality of Ramallah; وين ع رام الله and The Ethnographic and Art Museum of Birzeit; Ramallah, The Fairest of Them All !


 

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Site-Specific 2010

Projection Free Entrance, site-specific sound and light installation inside the destruction site, 2010


A recorded advertisement was played through loudspeakers which were fixed on a touring car. . 

The announcement was: 

Abi Fawk Eshajarah: "My Father on The Tree (1969), staring by Abd Haleem Hafez, Nadia Lutfi & Merfat Amin.

For the first and the last Time since 40 years,  at Al-Waleed Cinema.

On Monday the 12d July 2010 at 8:00 pm 

and the biggest surprise : It is Free Entrance!








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Projection Failed 2010

Projection Failed, Mixed Media Installation at Your Space Gallery, Van Abbe Museum, 2010.

Abi Fawk Eshajarh (My Father In The Tree) (1969), an Arab film was announced by a poster campaign to be screened at Al-Waleed Cinema on the 12th of July 2010, at 8:00 pm in Ramallah & Al-Bireh. Due to specific circumstances, the movie was not projected.”

https://vanabbemuseum.nl/en/programme/programme/inass-yassin-projection-edition-101/

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Negative Projection 2010

Negative Projection, Projectionist Room, 120x90x4 cm, Lightbox 2010.

  

The poster of  Arabic film:” Abi Fawk Esh-shajara” (1969) depicting the stars, Abd Haleem Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, and Merfat Amin, along with a poster of Jamal Abd Nasser, they were found in the poster window in the cinema house before demolition.

Negative Projection used the materialistic aspect of light & the movie reel. 2 elements that made the movie projection possible.

Negative Projection is an art project that raises questions on the changing space, politics and social values, in relation to the cinema culture in Palestine between fifties & late nineties.

This project explores the signs of demolition around a cinema building in the city of Ramallah & Al Bireh and the repercussions of changes in the urban & social landscape.


Negative Projection, Projectionist Room, 120x90x4 cm, Lightbox 2010.

Negative Projection, Fares Oudeh, 120x90x4, Lightbox 2010.

Negative Projection, Beam Windows, 120x90,x4 cm, Lightbox 2010.

Negative Projection, Nasser, Haleem, and Nadia. 120x99cm, Lightbox 2010.