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                                              THE NAKBA PROJECT 2005-2008                                                          

      The project was conceived around 2005 and developed by the artist into a full workshop-based programme, in conjunction with the Al Hoash Gallery in East Jerusalem. The first exhibition, Return of the Soul,  opened on May 15 2008, the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. The work then travelled to Edinburgh Art Festival to critical acclaimAugust 8 - The Scotsman Review: Tragic flights and misguided missiles ) and also to Beirut, Lebanon and to the Darat Al Funun Gallery in Amman, Jordan , where it was jointly exhibited alongside work by Mona Hatoum.

The project's extensive groundwork  was undertaken in refugee camps run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, with the support of the Welfare Association as the major sponsor but with the support and financial backing of many other organisations and individuals. It involved hundreds of refugees who participated in educational workshops and who helped create individual figures, each representing a real individual with a name, a story, a past, and whose only fate became a lifetime in a 'temporary' refugee camp.

From an original concept of creating suspended wax figures to symbolise the Nakba ( the term for the catastrophe in 1948 when 700,000 Palestinians were forced to abandon their homes and flee into lifelong exile), the project broadened into a deeper research-based programme resulting in a multi-media installation around the artist's investigation into the personal stories of the exiles.

Altogether 7,000 wax figures were assembled to create a 100:1 scale representation of the Palestine refugee numbers in 1948
Written and oral testimonies, a soundscape naming the hundreds of villages erased from the map of Palestine, video and photographic archive and contemporary material, a comprehensive lecture presentation and an artist's publication (see https://bit.ly/2uq33XM) accompanied the sculptural installation itself.

Discussions are presently underway for the Return of the Soul installation to be housed and displayed on a permanent basis.

MEDIA LINKS

January 24 2009 - Art Daily Edinburgh Art Festival highlights 

November 12 2008 - Jordan Times: Stirring, poignant art on dispossession

September 20 2008 - Daily Star, Lebanon: A metaphor for dispossession that works

August 14 The List Review: A secret persecution preserved in wax

August 8 - The Scotsman Review: Tragic flights and misguided missiles 

August edition - Leith and North 

July 22 - The Skinny

July 22 - Edinburgh Guide

July 5 - Saatchi Online

June 26 - Times Edinburgh Art Festival 

June 20 - Times Edinburgh Book Festival

May - This Week in Palestine

April - Virtual Gallery, Birzeit University  

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Leith Open Space » Return of the soul

Video: Return of the Soul | The List

Scottish artist Jane Frere portrays the unrest in the Middle East through the creation of thousands of figures held in limbo.

Return of the Soul - The Nakbah Project - A secret persecution preserved in wax | The List

Scottish based painter, theatre designer and now multimedia artist Jane Frere revisits the Nakbah,

the catastrophe that befell the Palestinian people in 1948

FAD » Blog Archive » Return of the Soul by Jane Frere

Return of the Soul on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Return of the Soul by Jane Frere Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh www.alnakbah.net/

Return of the Soul: The Nakbah Project :: The Skinny

The underground guide to what's on in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and across Scotland

Edinburgh Art Festival: Patriothall Gallery at WASPS – Return of the Soul: The Nakbah Project

Return Of The Soul — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress

The Return of the Soul - Reading Islam.com - Ask About Islam

Return of the Soul: the Nakbah Project, major humanitarian exhibition comes to the Edinburgh Art Festival | EdinburghGuide.com

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Blogon - Daily Magazine

Annie's letters: Return of the Soul: 3,000 Palestinian Souls Take Refuge in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Book Festival accused of ‘political illiteracy’ over historian :: The Official Website of Ilan Pappé

Reality behind the art - Press & Journal

Annie's letters: 5/18/08 - 5/25/08

'Return of the Soul' installation by Jane Frere at Edinburgh Art Festival | Art Knowledge News

Return of the Soul by Jane Frere has found itself the centre stage of controversy even before the first of the 3,000 figures

that form this installation is hung for its western debut at the Edinburgh Art Festival.

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Edinburgh Book Festival accused of 'political illiteracy' over historian - journalisted.com

ei: The Nakbah Project: A nightmare of shattered lives

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Controversial Palestine art display opens - Edinburgh Evening News

Controversial Palestine art display opens -
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation featuring 3000 hanging human figures made from wax has been unveiled
at the Patriothall Gallery in Stockbridge.

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Metro Eireann - The Nakbah: history through art

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Book Week boss accuses Edinburgh event of bias | thejc.com

Art Festival free walking tours - Edinburgh Festival Guide

Edinburgh Art Festival are organising a series of free walking tours, visiting several galleries

A nightmare of shattered lives - The Scotsman

A nightmare of shattered lives - SIXTY years ago, the people without a land required a land without people – and Palestinians are still living with the fallout. JANE FRERE explains the background to her provocative new exhibition

Tragic flights and misguided missiles - The Scotsman

Blog Central - The Jewish Blog Network | Return of the Soul: 3,000 Palestinian Souls Take Refuge in Edinburgh

WOMEN'S LENS: Return of the Soul: 3,000 Palestinian Souls Take Refuge in Edinburgh

Highlighting the 'ethnic cleansing' of Mid East conflict - The Inverness Courier

The Inverness Courier: FEATURES » Profile.
JANE Frere's artistic journey has taken her from the shores of Loch Ness to the West Bank of Jordan.
Originally from Drumnadrochit, it is the latter location which has provided inspiration for her new project.
Now back in Scotland, she has brought with her the fruits of her work in Palestine, a challenging work which looks at the roots
of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. "Return of the Soul: The Nakbah Project", which is making its western Europe debut
during the Edinburgh Arts Festival, uses thousands of wax figures to bring home the suffering of innocent victims of the 1948 war
which secured the survival of the new state of Israel, but also resulted in over 700,000 Palestinians — around 80 per cent of the
Arab population — fleeing their ancestral homelands.

Leith and North News Features: Return of the Soul, Nakbah Day memorial, August 2008

ELECTRONIC INTIFADA- The Nakbah Project: A nightmare of shattered lives

The Electronic Intifada: Art, Music & Culture: The Nakbah Project: A nightmare of shattered lives

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Return of the Soul: the Nakbah Project, major humanitarian exhibition comes to the Edinburgh Art Festival | EdinburghGuide.com

Return of the Soul: The Nakbah Project :: The Skinny

The underground guide to what's on in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and across Scotland

Edinburgh Art Festival: Patriothall Gallery at WASPS – Return of the Soul: The Nakbah Project

Jane Frere Highlights Israeli Ethnic Cleansing

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