At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, 2016

At the Seams is the Museum’s first international “satellite” exhibition opened on 25 May at Dar el-Nimer for Arts and Culture in Beirut, Lebanon, curated by Rachel Dedman. The exhibition, which included items from the fascinating collections of Widad Kawar and Malak al-Husseini Abdulrahim, cast a critical look at the role of embroidery in shaping historic and contemporary Palestinian politics and culture. Based on years of research and fieldwork and featuring newly-commissioned video, At the Seams is interested in the history of embroidery beyond 1948, exploring its role in nationalism, resistance and the practice of Palestinian identity today. read more

At the Seams book

Introduction to the Palestinian Museums, 2014

Concept: the Palestinian Museum is presenting its own vision of archives via the project Introduction to the Palestinian Museums. This project is a pioneering experiment whose participants include both museums inside and outside Palestine, and those that take Palestine as a subject for research. Via preliminary activities connected to development and continuity, it ultimately seeks to shed light on the museum experience in general. Specifically, it explores various aspects of museum experience in the participating museums and their special collections, placing them within their societal and cultural contexts and demonstrating the extent of their contribution to the colourful mosaic of Palestinian cultural life.

These museums (and various personal collections) serve to document, via their different spaces, collections and visions, details of the philosophy and reasoning behind their original establishment. In this project, we hope in this project to raise questions about what distinguishes these museum experiences in particular, in an attempt to trace non-linear narratives connected to the Palestinian question and Palestinian society, by shedding light on the museum as a multi-layered archive that enacts Palestine’s varied history and constantly changing geography.

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