What’s On
 July 2018

Interactive Discussion
Portraits of Palestinian Women: Orientalist Versus  the Real Perspective

Speaker: Dr. Issam Nassar
Wednesday, July 4 | 17:30 - 18:30

The pictures left by the Europeans about Palestine in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries portray the then-prevailing European perspective of Palestine, a slanted bias which did not reflect the reality of the Palestinian landscape. Photographic interest in the Orient was approached via the romantic perspective which was spreading among Europeans who viewed the Far East as an exotic place, and this romanticism is evident in the photographs which they produced. Indeed, myriad images exist of women from Palestine wearing extravagant dresses and standing in artificial theatrical poses.

Labour of Love features portraits which contain anti-colonial perspectives to counter the prevailing images of Palestinian women in these earlier centuries. The portraits evade the colonial gaze through which most images of Palestinian women were captured. This exhibition displays photos taken in local studios or with family cameras that portray women in traditional or modern embroidered/non-embroidered costumes, photographed in poses that they chose for themselves. Most of the portraits are drawn from the Palestinan Museum’s intimate archive of photographs donated from personal collections. 

An interactive discussion will be held with a researcher on Palestinian history, Dr. Issam Nassar, in order to both read the history of Orientalism and to behold the transformation of the photographic representation of Palestinian women.

The talk will be in Arabic.
To register, please fill the online form here.   

Palestinian Heritage Museum Collection – Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi Organisation

Speaker: Bahaa Al-Jubah
Wednesday, July 11 | 14:00 – 15:00

The Palestinian Heritage Museum – Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi Institution has grown into one of the most prominent museums in the region, tasked with representing the legacy and history of Palestine in the City of Jerusalem. Its current collection has travelled far and wide before settling in the Museum. Indeed, it is the very same collection of dresses and agricultural tools that laid the foundation of the Palestinian Popular Museum, which was inaugurated in the 1930s in the Old City of Jerusalem on the initiative of a group of Palestinians. Following the 1948 Nakba, the contents of the collection were moved and hidden in multiple locations before a collector found and donated them to Hind Al-Hussein, the founder of Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi.

Labour of Love exhibition distinguished items and dresses borrowed from the Palestinian Heritage Museum. Bahaa Al-Jubah, curator of Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi, will take us on a historical tour through these exhibits, narrating the history of museums in Palestine and highlighting their particular importance in the City of Jerusalem. The tour will also include the personal history of each item and dress, attesting to their ethnographic value.

The talk will be in Arabic.
To register, please fill the online form here.   

Kids Workshop
Let’s Build a Hotel for the Bugs

With Raya Ziyada
Friday, July 13| 18:00 – 19:30

Have you ever tried to befriend a key constituent of the environment, the bugs? No need to be squeamish! The idea is very simple. We will gather together tree leaves and fur and use them to build a hotel for the bugs. Let’s look for bugs and welcome them into our hotel. Here is an opportunity to learn about the insects that are all around us, their different shapes and names.

For children aged 5 – 12 years.
Free. To register, please fill the online form here.   

Tour at the Palestinian Heritage Museum - Dar Al-Tifel Al-Arabi

With Bahaa Al-Jubah
Saturday, July 14 | 12:30 - 14:00 
Location: Palestinian Heritage Museum, Jerusalem

We will tell the story of the collection of the Palestinian Heritage Museum – Dar Al-Tifl Al-Arabi in the City of Jerusalem, which is the collection’s original venue. The talk will recount the story behind the exhibits, including their importance and history as well as the personal history of the most important items and embroidered pieces not on display in the Labour of Love. Each piece carries a unique story that documents the history of embroidery in Palestine.

The tour will be in Arabic.
Free. To register, please fill the online form here.   

Reading the History of Bethlehem through Embroidery

Speaker: George Al-A’ma
Wednesday, July 25 | 17:30 -18:30

Bethlehem embroidery is noted for its distinctive style. This special embroidery technique, known as the Tahriri, was the innovation of Bethlehem women and can be seen on their dress – the Malak – as worn by them on special occasions. The city also introduced golden and silver threads to the embroidery, which gave their dresses a particular beauty. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Bethlehem produced embroidered souvenirs in addition to the dresses, which pilgrims bought on their trips to the Holy Land.

Since embroidery was closely associated with the different socio-economic and political structures of every era, it served to document and to narrate the particular traits of these eras. We will thus discover the history of Bethlehem through its embroidery and see with a new eye the global dimension of the city’s heritage. We will learn of the effect that the migration of Bethlehemites to Latin America and their subsequent economic prosperity had on Bethlehem embroidery. In addition to geographic influence, we will also see the impact of religion insofar as the Muslim women in Bethlehem started to wear dresses embroidered with Christian symbols such as the cross.

George Al-Ama, a prominent collector, will recount the story of Bethlehem embroidery through the pieces in his own collection. He will provide us with an ethnographic documentation of the history of Palestine in general and of Palestinians in particular.

The talk will be in Arabic.
Free. To register, please fill the online form here.   

Art Project
Embroidery: Narrative and Sharing
Artists: Hilde Hauan and Mary Sky

This activity is part of an international art project called the Stitch Project, which aims to expand the dialogue between artists from different countries, especially minorities from Scandinavian countries, by creating a shared platform for exploration, dialogue, knowledge and inspiration. This project has formed part of different cultural festivals around the world.

Open Day: Stitch and Make Friends
Friday, July 27| 10:00 – 18:00

The artists who launched the project tour different parts of the world with a ten-meter-long piece of cloth. This is a joint art project showcasing free-style embroidery produced by people of different ages and from different places. The piece will be arriving at the Palestinian Museum and we invite families, friends and anyone interested in the project to join us. This weekend activity will give you an opportunity to express yourself through embroidery. Use the stitch you know or invent your own to embroider either text or image. It is a chance to meet new people,forge new friendships and to exchange ideas with the artists about their experiences around the world.

Free. To register, please fill the online form here.   

Tea and Embroidery with Grandma
Saturday, July 28 | 18:00 - 19:45

Let’s enjoy mint tea prepared with fresh-cut mint from the Museum garden. We shall sit on the outdoor terrace and embroider with skillful women while enjoying the summer breeze at the sunset. Tita (grandma) will be ready to teach you the basics of embroidery and for those of you who are already proficient, why not take this opportunity to enhance your skill. Let’s enjoy Tita’s stories and join her on an oral and visual journey to the very essence of embroidery. Let’s listen to how our grandmothers invented this art at the end of the nineteenth century and imagine the inspired industry of their busy fingers. We will experience how embroidery created a social space within which people could meet, talk and enjoy spending time together.

Free. To register, please fill the online form here.   

Production of Natural Dyes from Garden Plants
Sunday, July 29 |17:30 - 19:30 

We will spend the night in nature’s embrace, in the garden of the Palestinian Museum. We will learn how to make natural dyes with the native plants of Palestine. Pieces of cloth and light-colored fabric will be provided for us to dye with natural dyes and take home.
Family activity for children of 12 years and above. Remember to wear warm clothes.

Free. To register, please fill the online form here.   

The Summer Camp of  the Labour of Love exhibition
July 25 – August 1, 2018
Schools may register for the asummer camp activities at:
Places are limited. The Palestinian Museum team will contact schools
to confirm registration.

University Students Tours

To book an interactive tour, please fill the online form here

Group Guided Tours
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