Noor Abed

Long, partially transparent and somewhat familiar
INCA: 2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
Exhibition: 4 December 2016 – 7 January 2017
Curated by Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas
Opening: 3 December 2016, 3-6pm
Artist talk: 6 January 2017, 7pm

On August 8th, 2015, a rumor was spread of people sighting an un-identified flying creature over the village of Bir-Nabala, a Palestinian town in the West Bank northwest of Jerusalem. As reported, the witness described the creature as: “long, partially transparent and somewhat familiar”. After an intensive research on site, the artist found a technological device that contained an internal digital memory: flickering footage showing a First Person View from above. She immediately wondered if this object was an internal part of the floating creature or attached to it? And is it a memory of a time in the past or the future? She became obsessed with this object; its implications of a displacement in time and to whom its gaze may belong.


Noor Abed (1988, Jerusalem) was a participant at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Studio Program, NY 2015-16. She holds an MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, and a BA in Contemporary Visual Art from the International Academy of Art Palestine. Selected exhibitions and participations include: The Practice of (in)visibility, University of Brighton, UK, 2015. YAYA 2014: ‘Suspended Accounts’, Ramallah, Palestine. UCLA New Wight Biennial, Los Angeles 2014. My Sister Who Travels, The Mosaic Rooms, London 2014. Printemps de Septembre Festival/ FIEA, France 2012. Truth is Concrete, Art Marathon, Graz, Austria 2012. The Ninth Annual Performance Festival, Norway 2011. Jerusalem Show: On/Off language 2011. Abed was recipient of fellowship at Documenta(13), department of Maybe Education and Public Programs, Germany 2012. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, 2014, and recipient of the 3rd prize of the Young Artist of the Year Award, YAYA 2014, Palestine.