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Imagine a Palm Tree

Benaki Museum, Athens


Navine G. Khan-Dossos

‘I can’t make love to you unless I imagine a palm tree’
Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet), 1957

Since arriving in Athens in September 2015, Navine G. Khan-Dossos has heard a curious story, told and retold in different ways. It is about the removal of the palm trees from the urban landscape of Athens as a way of visually “re-orientating” the city towards Europe rather than the ‘Orient’.

Imagine a Palm Tree is a performance of painting open for visitors of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art to watch and interact with. This performance will lead to the creation of a floor-to-ceiling mural on the top floor of the museum, that is scheduled to open in April 2016, and to a series of relevant events throughout the spring and summer. Read more.

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