|The building is near completion|
|Short film inspired by the inaugural exhibition
We met Jalal Jarrar, a prominent footballer back in the 1940s, as part of our research for the Never-Part exhibition. Jarrar originally joined the football team at Acre’s prison when he was 17 and was a striker on the Palestinian team, but he was forcibly displaced during the Nakba and currently lives in Jenin. The Museum was able to connect Jarrar with the writer Eyad Barghouthi who has written about the footballer in a novel, although he had not been able to actually trace him. It was an emotional meeting between the two, and particularly for Jarrar who is now over 90 years old.
|Al-Qasem’s and Habibi’s photos now part of the Family Album project
Photographs of the late poet Samih Al-Qasem and the late novelist Emile Habibi are now part of the Museum’s Family Album project. The Museum team has digitised 54 photographs from Al-Qasem’s family album that document the poet’s life. Emile Habibi’s photograph collection also reveals moving stories that have inspired his literary works. One of the photographs, for example, shows the novelist’s mother, who inspired his first novel The Story of the Mandelbaum Gate, a gate separating East and West Jerusalem. Habibi wrote the novel after accompanying his mother to the Gate in 1954 on a visit to his uncle. These photographs are part of a digital archive of around 6,000 photographs collected and documented by the Family Album project.
[From above: A photo from Emile Habibi’s family album. © The Palestinian Museum
A photo of poet Mahmoud Darwish (left) standing next to poet Abdul Karim Al-Karami and lawyer Hanna Naqara. Moscow, 1969. From the family album of Watan Mohammad Samih Al-Qasem. © The Palestinian Museum]
|Visit to the Inaash archive in Beirut in preparation for the At the Seams exhibition
The Museum was given access to a unique photo archive at the Inaash Association offices in Beirut. The archive documents the production of embroidery during the 1960s and 1970s. The collection of photographs will be part of the Museum’s first satellite exhibition At the Seams: a Political History of Palestinian Embroidery, opening in Beirut in 2016. Curator Rachel Dedman continues to explore the history of the Inaash Association in preparation for the exhibition.
|Palestine Historic Timeline reveals stories about resistance in the 1930s
Shams Al Hasna was a Palestinian fighter famous in the 1930s. She used to sell yoghurt in Haifa and help the revolutionaries hide their weapons. This is one of many stories revealed by the Palestine Historic Timeline project, an interactive system that documents historic events and makes them available online.
[G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection, Library of Congress]
|Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation in Beirut to partner with the Museum
The Palestinian Museum concluded an agreement with the Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation in Beirut for the production of a series of puppet shows inspired by the Museum’s opening exhibition Never-Part. The shows will be presented in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and in different locations in Palestine and Jordan.
|Meetings with the Palestinian communities in the US
A series of meetings in the United States were organised recently with the Palestinian communities in San Francisco, San Jose and San Diego. The Museum Director met with members of the community and gave a presentation about the Museum.
|The Family Album is part of MEPPI directory
The Middle East Photography Preservation Imitative has recently included the Palestinian Museum’s Family Album project in its photography preservation directory that focuses on the Middle East. The Museum staff received intensive training from MEPPI’s international experts on photography conservation.
Check out the most recent media articles on the Museum and its projects:
The National (UAE)
The Art Newspaper (UK)
The Daily Sabah (Turkey)
Happening Media (USA)
The Irish Arts Review