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August 2020

Discussion Series
Writing from and about Jerusalem: a series of discussions with Jerusalemite writers

6, 12, 24 August | 18:00–19:00
Place: Zoom

In a series of individual discussions with distinguished Jerusalemite authors from different generations, Mahmoud Shuqair, Liana Badr and Maya Abu al-Hayyat, we delve into literature’s relation to Jerusalem’s past and present. We highlight these authors’ works as they reflect the city’s various components in all their complexities.

Writing from and about Jerusalem (1)
Novelist Liana Badr
Facilitated by Bader Othman
Thursday, 6 August | 18:00–19:00
Place: Zoom
Link: https://zoom.us/j/93471257345

Writing from and about Jerusalem (2)
Writer and novelist Mahmoud Shuqair
Facilitated by Bader Othman
Wednesday, 12 August | 18:00–19:00
Place: Zoom

Writing from and about Jerusalem (3)
Novelist Maya Abu al-Hayyat
Facilitated by Bader Othman
Monday, 24 August | 18:00–19:00
Place: Zoom

Virtual Tour Series, Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun*
Section one: Remnants
Curators Baha Jubeh, Abdel-Rahman Shabane, and assistant-curator Sandy Rishmawi

Saturday 15 August 
Place: Palestinian Museum social media platforms

Visitors of Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun will be taken on a journey that surveys the city’s current reality and explores the history of Jerusalemites’ relation to the city’s printing presses and publications. This journey seeks to raise questions as to who the city’s new mustamloun are while encouraging visitors to question the mustamly’s new tools, which have surpassed the traditional processes of printing and publication.

Our series of virtual tours, which will run over the next months, opens with the exhibition’s first section: Remnants. In it, we explore the Industrial Islamic Orphanage Press, which since its establishment, has printed educational books, industrial and social magazines, in addition to several local newspapers. Many apprentices were taught the printing trade and craft there and relayed their expertise to neighbouring cities and countries over the years.

The virtual tour series will sequentially cover every section of the exhibition in video on the Palestinian Museum social media platforms.

*A mustamly (plural: mustamloun) was tasked with dictating manuscripts to copyists and acted as an intermediary between authors and the public. Historically, this transmission of content was associated with censorship as well. This ancient profession disappeared as modernisation took hold.

Exhibition Curators Talk
Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun*
Curator Baha Jubeh and guest curator Abdel-Rahman Shabane

Sunday 16 August | 13:00–14:00

Place: Palestinian Museum Facebook page

The exhibition explores the relation between Jerusalemites and publications printed in their city, be their content political, educational, commercial, cultural or touristic. It seeks to analyse the emergence and disappearance duality that was inherent to the publications of nascent social movements within the city, movements that contended with the governing institutions and tools of censorship they imposed on Jerusalem’s urban fabric.

The talk will include a Q&A and audience interaction session.

*A mustamly (plural: mustamloun) was tasked with dictating manuscripts to copyists and acted as an intermediary between authors and the public. Historically, this transmission of content was associated with censorship as well. This ancient profession disappeared as modernisation took hold.

Gardens of Arabic Calligraphy
Calligrapher Saher al-Kaabi

Saturday, 22 August | 13:00–14:00
Place: Palestinian Museum Facebook page

Calligrapher Saher al-Kaabi sheds light on Gardens of Arabic Calligraphy, a book written by the late master calligrapher, Mohammad Siyam. In addition to highlighting Siyam’s contributions to Arabic calligraphy, al-Kaabi also discusses the history of Arabic calligraphy in Palestine and especially in Jerusalem. Al-Kaabi will also demonstrate zincography, a printing technique commonly used in Siyam’s day.

Saheb al-Karmil (The Owner of al-Karmil )
Actors Amer Hlehel, Ivan Azazian, Mohammad Basha, Khawla Ibrahim

Saturday, 25 August | 17:30–18:00
Place: Palestinian Museum social media platforms

The show takes the form of a theatrical narrative of key events in the life of pharmacist and journalist Najib Nassar, the owner of al-Karmil newspaper. Al-Karmil was established by Nassar and his wife Sadhij Baha’i in 1908 and continued to operate until 1942.

Since its establishment, al-Karmil fought land sale to Zionists and strove to raise awareness in Palestinian and Arab society of the danger posed by Zionist settlement and the real goals behind their land purchases. Nassar and his wife paid a heavy toll for their political positions. He was persecuted by Ottoman authorities and his newspaper was repeatedly shut down by British Mandate authorities. He also received threats and was offered bribes. Sadhij Baha’i was one of the founders of the Arab Women Union Society and was imprisoned by the British, making her the first female Palestinian political prisoner.

Panel Discussion
Curriculum as a Battleground: the Israelization of education in Jerusalem
Anwar Qadah, Hanadi Qawasmi, Ahmad Iftaiha

Wednesday, 26 August | 18:00–20:00
Place: Zoom

The discussion focusses on education in Jerusalem amid persistent Israeli attempts at imposing Israeli curricula on Palestinian schools in the city. The panel will detail the history of Israelisation efforts, ongoing since the 1967 occupation, and the ways in which Palestinian educators have resisted those efforts. It will also consider the implications of those attempts over time.

From Darkness to Light: the dissemination of political publications during the first Intifada in Jerusalem
Rand Khdair and Abdel-Rahman Shabane

Monday, 31 August | 18:30–18:45
Place: Palestinian Museum social media platforms

This episode premiere of the Palestinian Museum podcast takes us back to the days of the first Intifada in Jerusalem. We will walk stealthily with the people who secretly distributed flyers and Intifada communiqués in the city at night.

Jawad al Malhi, Presence of Absence, c1999, print.
From Print to Product
Artist Jawad al Malhi

19 August – 22 September 2020 (8 days)
Number of Participants: 7–9
Age Group 18+
Place: Zoom and the Palestinian Museum

In collaboration with the Palestinian Heritage Museum – Dar Al-Tifel Al-Arabi

Inspired by the printing techniques and the themes advanced in Printed in Jerusalem: Mustamloun, the workshop will explore methodologies for developing works in print. Participants will develop their own works through a variety of printmaking techniques and methods, including collage, mono and lino printing. They will explore the potential of repetition and transformation through printing while drawing on a range of themes from the city, the environment, identity, and the human body. They will work in groups to produce designs that communicate messages about their personal experiences and how they relate to the socio-political scene in Palestine.

Session 1: Printmaking and artists (examples of different artists’ printmaking practices)
Session 2: Drawing, silhouettes, outlines, negative and positive forms.
Session 3: Collage and transformations
Session 4: Collage and transformations
Session 5: Mono printing
Session 6: Mono printing
Session 7: Lino printing
Session 8: Lino printing

To apply, please send the following information to activities@palmuseum.org:
- A 150-word paragraph explaining why you are interested in partaking in this workshop.
- A portfolio with some of your designs/artworks.
- The materials you currently work with or would like to explore in this workshop for designing your product.
- The most convenient dates and times for your participation in the 8 sessions of the workshop series.

Jawad al Malhi
Jawad al Malhi is a Palestinian artist with an MA in Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art, UK. Through painting, video, installation, sculpture and photography, al Malhi’s work over the years has focused on exploring communities and their relation to their environments, local knowledge, and practices of everyday life.

Al Malhi has participated in many group exhibitions around the world and was awarded the Accented Residency at the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2011), and at IASPIS, Stockholm (2017). Al Malhi lives and works in Jerusalem.