What’s On
June and July 2019

Theme: Visual Arts | Cultural Heritage 

Curator’s Tour
With Dr. Tina Sherwell

Saturday, 15 June, 17:00–18:00

Sunday, 23 June, 17:00–18:00
Wednesday, 3 July, 17:00–18:00
Wednesday, 17 July, 17:00–18:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Do not miss the chance to join the tour of our Intimate Terrains exhibition with the curator, Dr. Tina Sherwell. Through a collection of unique historic and contemporary works, the exhibition explores how representations of landscape evolved from the 1930s to the present via a selection of works by 36 artists from Palestine and its diaspora. The works encompass paintings, photography, installation, video and film, natural media, and sculpture.

Dr. Sherwell has carried out extensive research on Palestinian art and visual culture, and she has produced numerous studies on the works of many Palestinian artists. Throughout this exhibition, Dr. Sherwell shares a substantial part of her past and present academic research, allowing for a comprehensive and innovative understanding of the history of contemporary Palestinian art, as well as its relationship to land and location.

For organisational purposes, please register here

Al-Mintar: Agricultural Watchtowers in the Mountains of Palestine
With the Artist Sliman Mansour, in dialogue with Hala Shrouf

Wednesday, 19 June, 18:00–19:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

Al-Mintar stands prominently as one of the most important commissioned works in the gardens of the Palestinian Museum. Recently completed by the Palestinian artist Sliman Mansour, it was commissioned in line with the Museum’s goal of nurturing our connection with the architectural heritage of Palestine.

This work brings to the Museum’s gardens the idea of ​​reviving the construction of Al-Mintar, or what used to be described as the ‘agricutural watchtowers’ scattered across the Palestinian countryside. It resuscitates the processes and stories surrounding their construction, given the centrality they once held with regards to the Palestinian agricultural life. As with other forms of traditional architecture, Al-Mintar faces the threat of extinction because of both rapid urban expansion, and the growing gap between the generations that used these buildings and those who see them without knowing it. In addition to its aesthetic value, the inclusion of this work in the Museum’s gardens is of great educational significance, and bears a particular emotional value that links the artist to his memories of Al-Mintar embedded in the Palestinian landscape, a landscape that has had an indelible presence in a variety of forms in works produced throughout the artists’ career.

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Palestinian Bedouin women sitting in front of a house that was demolished by the Israeli authorities in Umm al-Hiran village in al-Naqab.
Source: Assafir Al-Arabi (AsA)
Urban Planning and Settlements: Al-Naqab as a Model
Speakers: Dr. Ahmed Amara, Dr. Safa’a Abu Rabi’a, Mr. Kaid Abulatif, Dr. Mansour Nasasrah, Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe

Thursday, 20 June, 12:00–16:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

This symposium addresses the issue of Zionist settlements in the Naqab, expanding analysis of the Israeli colonial settlement project beyond the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Presenters at the symposium will focus on the following topics:

- The history of the Naqab and the legal framework for Israel’s land confiscation practices;
- Urban planning, the ‘mixed cities,’ and the Judaization of the Naqab;
- Military rule, the unrecognised Palestinian villages, and resettlement schemes;
- Women's Memory of Beersheba: How do women narrate the Nakba?
- The use of urban planning in the Judaization of the Naqab.

The speakers:
Dr. Ahmed Amara
is a lawyer and academic with a PhD in History and Hebrew and Judaic studies from New York University. He has published a number of studies on the Naqab region, including: "Umm al-Hiran as a model for the displacement and relocation of the Arabs of the Naqab." For more, see: Academia Palestine Studies

Dr. Safa’a Abu Rabi’a is a researcher and academic from Beersheba with a PhD in Anthropology. Her dissertation was on oral history of the Nakba as narrated by Bedouin women in the Naqab. Her published research includes: "Land, Identity and History: A New Discourse on the Nakba of the Bedouin Arabs in the Naqab," which appears in Bedouin of the Naqab and Colonialism: New Perspectives.

Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe is an Assistant Professor in the Women, Society and Development Program of the Faculty of Humanities at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Her research explores issues surrounding women and gender in the Middle East, with a particular interest in women and culture in the Naqab. Among her publications is a 2016 article on “The politics of representation: The case of the Naqab Bedouin.”

Mr. Kaid Abulatif is a Palestinian researcher and playwright from the city of Rahat and the director of Rahat Municipal Theater - Mihbash. He has published several studies on cinema and theater. Among his works is a research project on the Arab Bedouin of the Naqab in the context of the Palestinian national project. More of his work can be found at: Romman Ahewar

Dr. Mansour Nasasrah is a researcher and an academic specialized in international relations and political science. He holds a doctorate from the University of Exeter and a research fellowship with the Council for British Research in the Levant in London. He has published several academic books and articles, including the 2014 edited volume, “The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives.”
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For organisational purposes, please register for this symposium here

Kid’s Workshop: Light and Waste
In cooperation with MNJM

Friday, 21 June, 14:00–17:00
Intergenerational groups (children aged 5 – 17 years)
Place: the Palestinian Museum 

Using light and shadow, children will produce a collective artwork. Together, they will rearrange and install solid waste in different forms to cast a shadow in a form that portrays a Palestinian village. We will stimulate the children’s intellectual and artistic capacities with the purpose of spurring them to aesthetically reconsider their surroundings, and promote greater awareness of environmentally friendly practices.

This workshop is part of the Palestinian Museum’s endeavors to promote environmental consciousness across Palestine. The Palestinian Museum adheres to green building design guidelines set by LEED.

MNJM is a recently formed environmentalist project that specialises in collecting waste for recycling with the aim of using recycled materials for basic household needs.

Free entry. 
Places are limited. To register, please fill the online form

A Series of Workshops: Land Art
In cooperation with HOPE Foundation, with Artist Manal Mahamid and poet Bader Othman 

23–30 June, 10:00–15:00, Place: the Palestinian Museum
7–14 July, 10:00–15:00, Place: PRCS, Khan Yunis, Gaza
For children aged 8 – 12 years

In a politically unstable environment, children have an exceptional relationship with the land and its natural landscape. In Palestine, children's relationship to the land is fragmented; they hear about the sea, the great variety of topographies and geographic diversities, while, in fact, experiencing the same limited spaces. In this specially designed workshop, the Palestinian Museum and the Hope Foundation offer children the opportunity to reflect on their relationship to the land as well as to look at their environment and their surroundings in a new way that emphasises the deep connection between individual and collective narratives and the land itself. The workshop combines arts inspired by land and poetry. With the help of artists Manal Mahamid and Suzanne Groothuis, participating children will produce sculptures inspired by the land both by conceptualising the artwork and creating it. Together with poet Bader Othman, they will reflect on their experiences, impressions, and relationships to produce a poem.

The workshop will take place in two phases, the first in Birzeit and the second in Khan Yunis. The children in these two different places have a strong relationship to the land, but their natural environment (the hills of the West Bank, and the coast of the Gaza Strip) and the psychological experience of their surroundings are quite different. The workshops are thus intended to build bridges between the children and the places in which they live, to inspire them to explore and express their thoughts on the landscapes that surround them, and to encourage them to identify those things that they associate with their feelings of belonging to a place, even if that place is far and out of reach. By carrying out the same project in each of the two sites, we hope to shed light on the differences, but, also, on the similarities and commonalities between the children.

At the end of the workshop, we will produce an artistic film that brings together the works of art and poetry that the children produce, using artistic language to express the children's connection to their land, and how their thoughts and experiences differ or concur across the two locations.

P.S. Transportation is available free of charge during the duration of the workshop from your location in Ramallah and Al-Bireh to the Palestinian Museum and back.
Free entry. Places are limited. To register, please fill the online form here

By Khaled Jarada
Comics Course: Stories from the Palestinian Refugee Camp
In cooperation with Tamer Institute for Community Education, and the Artist
Khaled Jarada

1–15 July, 10:00–13:00
Place: Al Maghazi Community Rehabilitation Society (MCRS)
For children aged 12 – 13 years 

The Palestinian refugee camp represents thousands of intertwined, and sometimes unrecognisable, transformations. If we attempt a definition of the camp, we are forced to address three questions: What was it? What is it now? What will it be? The answers will take us from the tents and the sheets of corrugated iron and asbestos, to the camp in its current shape, and then to the forms that the near and distant futures may bring. The story of the camp is the story of thousands of Palestinians, the story of their intellectual, cultural and physical transformations.

This workshop attempts to answer the above questions with a group of children. We use these questions as an entryway to the most important question: Does Palestinian memory face the threat of erasure? By the end of the course, the children will produce three stories.

Free entry. 
Places are limited. To register, please fill the online form here

Dialogue and Catalogue Launch
The Near, the Distant: A Dialogue on Palestinian Art History through the Intimate Terrains Exhibition

Speakers: Dr. Tina Sherwell, Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Artist Hazem Harb
Wednesday, 3 July, 18:00–20:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

At this event, the Palestinian Museum launches the catalogue accompanying the Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape exhibition. The catalogue includes the research materials assembled by the exhibition curator, Dr. Tina Sherwell, as well as a rich visual collection of photographs of the artworks that comprise the exhibition.

Intimate Terrains explores the changing representation of landscape by Palestinian artists and our relationship to place and location in a spectrum of artworks. The depiction of landscape over the decades has been a prominent subject matter for artists, as its topography holds a central place in Palestinian identity formation. Landscape is at once both a vast site of projection and a deeply layered terrain of remains, memories and histories.

The dialogue focuses on the history of Palestinian art and the representation of the landscape through presentations that address the key themes of the exhibition as a whole. These presentations will be delivered by the exhibition curator, Dr. Tina Sherwell, the Palestinian Museum Director, Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, and a video call presentation by one of the exhibition’s participating artists, Hazem Harb.

The speakers:
Dr. Tina Sherwell is the curator of the Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape exhibition. She holds a PhD from the University of Kent and holds an assistant professorship in the Faculty of Contemporary Visual Arts at Birzeit University.

Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh is Director General of the Palestinian Museum. She is a writer and researcher specialised in Palestinian culture, and she holds a doctorate from George Mason University.

Hazem Harb is a Palestinian artist born in Gaza. He lives between Rome and Dubai. He holds a master's degree in Fine Arts from the European Institute of Design in Rome, and he has participated in many exhibitions in Arab countries and across the world.

Platform Launch of the Palestinian Museum Digital Archive Project

Tuesday, 9 July, 11:00–13:30
Place: the Palestinian Museum

This event will officially launch one of the Museum’s most important initiatives: The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive. This archive will constitute a major component of the virtual platform of the Palestinian Museum, and will include 70,000 digitised documents in a regularly updated open-access digital archive aimed at making accessible documents, printed materials, photographs, films, audio recordings and other materials, and preserving them against loss, damage or expropriation through digitisation.

The platform launch event will include a demonstration of the procedures and workflows of the digitisation project; description and display of some of the main collections that will be made available on the platform; and discussion with the owners of some of the key collections.

Sakiya, Ein Qinya,Ramallah.
Sounds: Discovering What is Hidden in Nature and Space
With Musician Tarek Abboushi in cooperation with Sakiya

Friday, 12 July, 18:00–20:00
Place: Sakiya, Ein Qinya, Ramallah
Musical performance preceded by a tour of the Intimate Terrains exhibition at 17:15

In a unique artistic evening, musician Tariq Abboushi will, for the first time, perform a new work centred on an exploration of the spiritual role of sound in the construction of space. He takes its inspiration from the space in which the Sakiya project has been implemented: Ein Qinya. Using the interior of the traditional houses around that space, with their vaulted ceilings and their particular acoustical characteristics that are inseparable from the stories narrated within them, and using the frequencies of nature resonating throughout the space, we will get to know the melodic tones and the acoustic properties that characterise the space to gain a new musical experience that is attuned to the quality of what lies below the surface in nature and space. Through this experience, we can also, perhaps, collectively ponder the question: How do we respond in modern times to the spirituality of the space, and the history that we inherited through it?

Sakiya's project is supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project.

The bus leaves from the Palestinian Museum to Sakiya at 17:45.

Free entry. 
Places are limited. To register, please fill the online form here

Film Screening and Lecture: What Can People Do without Geography?
With Filmmaker and Artist: Sobhi al-Zobaidi

Wednesday, 17 July, 18:00–19:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

In his research project "Tora Bora Cinema," Filmmaker Sobhi al-Zobaidi examines the relationship between Palestinian cinema with geography, memory, and their contradictions in the Palestinian context.

Palestinians continually create new forms of memory and remembering through the myriad new and creative cultural outputs that we find in emerging Palestinian poetry, cinema, visual arts, and a host of other forms. In this film screening and lecture, we focus on Palestinian cinema. Sobhi al-Zobaidi will discuss films that reflect cinematic attitudes, situations and images associated with the crumbling of aspirations connected to socio-political movements. al-Zobaidi’s approach aims to raise questions about Palestinians' ability to reassert their identities in relation to Palestine as a space, and to deal with such questions not only through the paradigm of a paradise lost, but by reckoning with the actual reality as lived and experienced in the moments in which memory malfunctions because it is no longer compatible with geography.

Al-Zobaidi uses the name "Tora Bora" as a site and metaphor. Tora Bora as nature, corridor, refuge, and cinema offers Palestinians this space in which to find safe passage; where Palestinians can smuggle themselves anywhere (within and beyond Palestine) and can go to every place to which they have been forbidden.

For organisational purposes, please register here 

Tayseer Barakat, Untitled, 1997. Burnt and tinted wood
Courtesy of the artist and Yvette and Mazen Qupty Collection
Experimental Art and Natural Materials: Sensory Ecstasy through Touching and Smelling the Land
With the Artist Tayseer Barakat

Wednesday, 24 July, 18:00–19:00
Place: the Palestinian Museum

During the intifada in 1987, numerous Palestinian artists moved away from working in oil painting and began experimentation with natural materials. Also, many artists were engaged in attempting to find new forms of expression outside the classical mediums of their training. This venture was also linked with the decision to depart from the use of materials imported from Israel as part of a wider popular movement of disengaging with the occupation, its economy and institutions. In the work of Palestinian artists during this period, one saw a steady decline in imagery that depicted visions of the pastoral ‘dreamscapes’ of rural Palestine and images of an idyllic homeland. The visual nostalgia for the homeland, however, manifested itself in the fetishisation of the materiality of the landscape. The former dreamscapes were not represented through the imaginary pictorial field of the painting but through a sensory intoxication with the tactility and the aroma of homeland, which artists created with the use of natural materials such as mud, earth, cactus, olive leaves, olive oil, clay, henna, herbs, olive oil soap, oranges and water – all of which permeated their art in paintings, mixed-media works and installations, which continued into the 1990s and beyond.

The Artist Tayseer Barakat was one of those who presented experimental works using natural material, wood, and found objects. In the Intimate Terrains exhibition, he presents his work, “Untitled, 1997”, in which he has engraved the surface of wood with abstract forms of people and animals to give the feeling of a manuscript or a hieroglyphic tablet, simultaneously suggesting an ancient relic and engaging the visual traditions of the region.

For organisational purposes, please register here 

Open call

21-29 August
Place: Birzeit and surrounding

The Palestinian Museum and Disarming Design from Palestine invite Palestinian students and designers to apply for a summer school on thought-provoking design. On the basis of the narratives of the exhibition Intimate Terrains, new useful products will be developed in collaboration with local artisans. What does it mean to be Palestinian today and how to express that through locally made products?

More information click here
To apply, click here

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