Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence
Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence is a nomadic museum collection conceived in response to the absence of people and documents relating to the history of Palestinians in Kuwait, who formed a vibrant community from their arrival in 1936 until their departure enmasse following the Iraqi invasion in 1990. It's a continuous project that commissions objects that conjure the fragile and fragmented, fading memory of a unique Palestinian society that emerged in Kuwait; one that contributed to and lived its national modernization and pioneering projects.The museum’s objects conflate pieces from this past: accumulated, negotiated, dismantled, and reassembled, in order to make sense of the present and propose and a way to address or reclaim an unchronicled legacy. Therefore, every one of the museum’s exhibits is either an impossibility or an exaggeration, and is located between two temporal markers: 1948 and 1990. These two points, of entry and departure, are marked out in A Ruler, a golden timeline of this golden age. The premiere exhibition’s layout mirrored that of a famous Palestinian alphabet poster in which every Arabic letter corresponded to an iconic Palestinian image. In the museum, each object becomes a Palestinian letter from Kuwait.
Its first exhibition tooke place in Kuwait, under the patronage of the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters in May - July 2012. It's second intervention was registering to join the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) Annual Conference in Istanbul in November 2012. The third intervention was an exhibition that took place at the massive spaces of the Musée public national d'art moderne et contemporain d'Alger (The Public National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) in Algiers in December 2013.
> Para-museum, note by Jacques Aswad, Beirut/Algiers, December 2013
> Text by Ala Younis on MoMRtA and National Works (Kuwait's Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), published in Broadsheet 43.1, a periodical by Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA), 1.2014. ISSN 0819 677X