‘The Earth Doesn’t Tell Its Secrets ‘– His father once said
255 pages, 68 visuals
17 x 13 cm
Commissioned and published by Sharjah Art Foundation, 2017
‘The Earth Doesn’t Tell Its Secrets’ - His father once said, Noor Abuarafeh’s Sharjah Biennial 13 artist project in the form of a novel, revolves around the narrator’s fascination with the myth of Palestine’s first museum. This so-called museum has assumed different forms throughout the years—a collection with no space, a temporary room that would hold a single artwork, a museum conceived as an artwork and a museum building with no collection. Each attempt to visit such a museum ends in failure and each proposal seems to float between fact and fiction.
The collections described in ‘The Earth Doesn’t Tell Its Secrets - His father once said’ are shaped by the artist’s meddling with those she found as well as the creation of new ones inspired by subjective impressions and flights of fancy.