JUMANA EMIL ABBOUD

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JERUSALEM IN EIGHT NUMBERS


Number One
Trumpet song
She comes falling from the sky
Falling from heaven – trumpeters sounding her arrival
Jerusalem


Number Two
Song of 153 Fish
“They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break,”[1]
“It was full of 153 large fish, but even with so many the net was not torn”.
Repeat chorus


Number Three
Song of seeds
She sells seashells by the seashore
She sells Za’tar, raisins, and figs
She sells
Yoghurt
And oil of olives


Number Four
The Syndrome Song
A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of their error or failure, even in the face of irrefutable evidence, intractable problems or difficult or impossible tasks. Someone with a god complex may exhibit no regard for the conventions and demands of society, and may request special consideration or privileges.[1]


Number Five
Song of fauna and flora
In everyday non-technical usage, the luffa, also spelled loofah, usually means the fruit of the two species L. aegyptiaca and L. acutangula. The fully developed fruit is the source of the loofah scrubbing sponge which is used in bathrooms and kitchens. The name luffa was taken by European botanists in the 17th century from the Egyptian Arabic name “Loof”.[1]


Number Six
Song of the Narcissist
Never saw the sun shining so bright

Never saw things looking so right

Noticing the days hurrying by

When you’re in love, my how they fly (original words by Irving Berlin)


Number Seven
Rub a dub dub,

Three fools in a tub,

And who do you think they be?

The butcher, the baker,

The candlestick maker.
Not me not me not me.


Number Eight
Song for all songs
Consumed, I burn
Flame,
Burning in the dark
(Repeat)

Jumana Emil Abboud was born in 1971, in Palestinian, and currently lives in Jerusalem. She works with drawing, installation, video and performance, exploring personal and collective memory, loss, longing and belonging.

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