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The State of Ishmael : Jus sanguinis
by Raed Ibrahim (Jordan)

The 13th of August 2009 marked the declaration of the founding of the State of Ishmael on the canton of Aargau. The ceremony to proclaim independence was held in Aarau City's church square, currently known as Ishmael City. During the ceremony, the letter of declaration was publicly announced and a presentation of the historical artifacts, confirming the legacy of the people of Ishmael were on display. The land of Ishmael is the birthplace of the Ishmaeli people. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave the world the eternal "Book of Testimonials." After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people of Ishmael kept faith throughout their dispersion and never ceased to pray in the hope of freedom and return. The installation at the laboratory of Darat al Funun includes the Declaration, archaeological assets and publications, documentary films, as well as applications for citizenship to the State of Ishmael.

www.ishmaelstate.com

 



Raed Ibrahim was born in Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia) in 1971; he lives and works in Amman. Ibrahim is a visual artist with a high diploma in drawing and painting from the Fine Art Institute at the Lebanese University obtained in 1998. He has taken part in workshops and exhibitions in Jordan, Lebanon, Ireland, UK, Holland and the US. Ibrahim had his first solo exhibition at Zico House in Beirut in 2001; he held a solo show at the French Cultural Center in Amman in 2007, and his latest solo was titled "For Every Ailment There is a Remedy" at Makan in Amman in 2009. Raed participated in the artist-in-residence programs of ProHelvetia, Aarau (2009); Darat al Funun, Amman (2009); and Boomerang Arts, Korck (2007).

 

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