Born in 1971, Jumana Emil Abboud uses drawing, video, performance, objects and text to navigate themes of memory, loss and resilience. She poses questions related to memory as read through the body, through folklores and folktales, through home and homeland, and through cultural ritual or practice. How is history (personal and collective) told and retold and how does it affect or impose on one’s present time/life? How do we remember and how does memory fragmentation leave its imprints? Jumana’s interests also lie in storytelling practices, as they are associated for example with folklore, myths, icons and archetypes, as well as in language, both as a visual and textual tool, and the reading and re-reading of it. In this way, her work consistently reflects a Palestinian cultural landscape in which the struggle for continuity amid the wider political context necessitates a constant process of metamorphosis and ingenuity.
She has participated in numerous international group exhibitions over the last decade. From 2009, this included the Venice Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the Bahrain National Museum, Manama, the Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, The Jerusalem Show, Darat al Funun, Amman, and at the Carré d’Art, Nimes.
She lives and works in Jerusalem.