Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape
April – December 2019

The exhibition explores the changing representation of landscape by Palestinian artists, and our relationship to place and location through the themes of erasure, fragmentation, distance and belonging in a spectrum of artworks drawn from the 1930s to the present day. 

The depiction of landscape over the decades provides us with a prism onto the experience of loss and longing, 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. 

How do artists negotiate and articulate collective and personal memory in relation to representations of landscape? What keeps us in a place? What are the limits of nostalgia? How does exile and different experiences of alienation shape views of the landscape? With our diminishing access to the land, the segregation of communities and the fragmentation and isolation of the terrains, and as the violent confiscation and destruction of the land unfolds, how do our intimate relationships to places manifest around landscape? Yet undeterred by this, what have been and what are our dreams and visions of landscapes of the past and future?. Read more

Guest-curator Dr. Tina Sherwell.
Tina Sherwell is an art historian, artist and curator. She graduated from Goldsmiths’ College, London and holds a Ph.D. in Image Studies. She was Director of The International Academy of Art, Palestine a post she held from 2007-2012, and 2013-2017. Previously she was Programme Leader of Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, (2005-2007), prior to which she was also Executive Director of the Virtual Gallery at Birzeit University, and has worked with the Tate Online (2004-2006). She is the author and curator of various texts and exhibitions of Palestinian art.



To view the exhibition themes and to explore some of the participating artworks, click here.


Open call

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?
21-29 August in Birzeit and surrounding

More information click here
To apply, click here