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A protest in Nazareth in 1985. From the Tawfiq Zayyad collection, the Palestinian Museum Digital Archive
The Political and Cultural Space In the Palestinian coastal cities
Speakers: Artist Rana Bishara, Writer Rasha Hilweh, Researcher Nadim Karkabi, Journalist Rabie Eid, Poet Asmaa Azayza
Wednesday, 28 July | 17:00-20:00
Location: The Palestinian Museum and the Museum’s social media platforms
ZOOM link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83367701782
The symposium sheds light on the political and cultural space inside the 1948 Occupied Territories in general, and the coastal cities in particular. It focuses on the history of political and cultural work through exploring the history of political and cultural movements that occurred in the coastal cities. It analyzes the relationship between political and cultural work, and examines the nature of the relationship between them through addressing a variety of questions: Is cultural work political in principle? Can we draw a line between cultural and political practices? How can cultural work become synonymous with the political identity?
A Palestinian plastic artist. She was born in the Palestinian village of Tarshiha in the Upper Galilee in 1971. She holds a first title in Arts and Women’s Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Haifa University in 1994, and a Master’s degree from Savannah College in New York University in the fields of Modern Arts. She is considered an active and dynamic artist in 1948 Palestinian Occupied Territories. She has held a number of solo exhibitions and has many group participations locally and internationally.
A Palestinian writer and journalist in the cultural field. She was born in the 1948 occupied city of Acre. She holds a BA in Sociology and Human Sciences from the University of Haifa. She worked as managing editor of the cultural website "Qadita.net", and a media coordinator at the Arab Culture Association in Haifa.
Postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include popular culture and art in the Arab world, and in Palestine in particular.
A Palestinian journalist who has worked as editor-in-chief for the “Fasl al-Maqal” newspaper, which is published in the 1948 Occupied Territories. He wrote for a number of Arab newspapers and websites. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies.
A Palestinian poet. She was born in Daburieh, a village in in the Lower Galilee, and currently lives in the city of Haifa. She works at the Kasabeh Theatre, and is presenting programs at "Musawa" channel. She organizes cultural activities and exhibitions at Fattoush Cultural Café in Haifa as well. She has published a number of articles on culture in several newspapers. She published her poetry collection "Liwa" (2011, Al-Ahlia), which won the Abdul Mohsin Al-Qattan Prize in 2010. She also published “As the woman of Lod bore me” (2015, Al-Ahliyyah).
Selected topics from the Digital Archive project:
A protest against the Israeli Occupation
A protest against the Israeli Occupation - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
Rajih al Salfeety with his wife on Acre's beach
Rajih al Salfeety with his wife on Acre's beach - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
A protest in Acre in 1989
A protest in Acre in 1989 - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
A portrait of the Secretary-General of the Democratic Women's Movement in the March 8, 2012 demonstration.
A portrait of the Secretary-General of the Movement of Democratic Women at the 8th of March demonstration, 2012 - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
A Demonstration in Haifa Demanding the Rights of the Arab Local Councils in 1990
A Demonstration in Haifa Demanding the Rights of the Arab Local Councils in 1990 - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
Zahira Kamal with a British volunteer and a Member of the Federation of Palestinian Women's Action Committees in Gaza, 1986.
Zahira Kamal with a British Volunteer and a Member of the Federation of Palestinian Women’s Action Committees in Gaza - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
As- Ṣayyadin Cafe in Yaffa
Aṣ-Ṣayyadīn Cafe in Israeli-Occupied Yaffa - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
80 Thobes and stories make it Home from the Diaspora
Speakers: Museum Registrar Bahaa Al-Jubeh and Collector Maha Abu Shusheh
Thursday, July 29| 18:00
Location: The Palestinian Museum social media platforms
Join us to learn the story of 80 embroidered Palestinian dresses (thobes) that traveled from Palestine to the United States three decades ago. They were acquired and preserved by Palestinian and Arab-American women from the Committee for the Preservation of Palestinian Heritage (CPPH), in Washington, DC. The collection of Thobes and their accessories have finally made it home to Palestine, where they will be preserved at the Palestinian Museum.
Join us to hear the story of the 80 thobes, and the details of a 30-year journey.
Maha Abu Shousheh
Maha Abu Shousheh was born in Ramallah in 1962. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Birzeit University. She started out her career as the CEO of the Abu Shousheh Contracting Co. She holds prestigious positions in a number of cultural organisations and Palestinian commercial companies. She is a member of the board of directors of Bank of Palestine, member of board of directors of Palestinian Business Women Forum, president of the board of directors of Riwaq, chairperson of the Palestinian Shippers’ Council, member of board of trustees at AlQuds University and member of board of directors of Palestinian Medical Relief Association.
Ms. Abu Shusheh is a collector of tangible heritage items, and an owner of valuable heritage and artistic collections. She is also involved in research and documentation in the domain of the history and development of Palestinian embroidery and jewelry.
Ms. Abu Shousheh was named as one of Forbes Arabia's top 50 influential Arab businesswomen for the years 2006 and 2007, thus becoming the first Palestinian woman to make that list.
Selected topics from the digital archive project:
A Studio Portrait of Ellen Audi, the early 1900s
A Studio Portrait of Ellen Audi, the Early 1900s - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
A Photograph of an Elderly Woman Weaving the Palestinian Thobe in al-Mazra'a ash-Sharqiya, Ramallah, 1988
صورة لمسنّة تطرز الثوب الفلسطيني في قرية المزرعة الشرقية، رام الله، 1988 - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
A photograph portrait of Fatima Yousef from Kobar village, Ramallah, 1970s.
A Women from Birzeit in the '70s - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)
A Photograph of 'Aziza and Radi Burbar on their Wedding Day, 1944
A Photograph of 'Aziza and Radi Burbar on their Wedding Day, 1944 - The Palestinian Museum Digital Archive (PMDA) (palarchive.org)