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June 2021

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A black-and-white photograph of Palestinian children, in the early 20's, during a play at the Islamic school. The photograph shows Mahmoud Jamil al-Husseini, leader of a Jerusalem neighborhood in 1948.
Film Stream
The Nakba in our Personal Archives
Musician Samir Jubran

Sunday, 6 June | 18:00–18:07
Language: Arabic
Place: Palestinian Museum social media platforms

The Palestinian Museum will stream two short films produced to mark the Nakba. The first is a montage of photographs of life before the 1948 Nakba, selected from the Palestinian Museum Digital Archive. The video reimagines the lives of the photographed individuals in an attempt to manifest the richness and diversity of the ordinary, personal daily life that was robbed from the Palestinian people.

The second video tells the story of an old bundle containing sesame seeds harvested by the people of the Palestinian village of Sirin in the Galilee a few years prior to the 1948 Nakba. Nusrah, grandmother of Samir Jubran, co-founder of Trio Jubran, kept the seeds for 50 years before gifting them to him on his wedding day. Samir decided in 2003 to revive this legacy by cultivating some of those seeds, whose ability to sustain the promise of life for over 50 years is his fount of wisdom. Sirin was destroyed, but seeds from one of its fields are now sown beyond the occupation and beyond the Nakba.

Lecture (pre-recorded)
Blueprints: Domination and Liberation in the Colonial Context
Speakers: Amany Khalifa and Yara Saadi

Sunday, 13 June | 18:00-19:00
Language: Arabic
Place: Palestinian Museum social media platforms

Amid the policies of control over sources of knowledge, and with the methodical erasure and banishment of the Palestinian discourse in relation to defining public space and local geography, there is an urgent need to confront the colonialist discourse and to bolster the Palestinian narrative regarding place; for years, up-to-date official Palestinian maps and blueprints for the city of Jerusalem and Palestine in general have been absent. In this lecture, Amany Khalifa and Yara Saadi discuss maps and blueprints as tools of domination over geography in the colonial context and talk about Palestinian initiatives undertaken to resist this reality.

Omar Jallad collection
Omar Jallad

Sunday, 20 June | 18:00
Language: Arabic
Place: Palestinian Museum social media platforms

Palestinian artist Omar Jallad keeps rare personal archives that document the lives of his mother Zaynab Muhib and his aunt, Fatema Muhib. Zaynab Muhib was among the first Palestinian women to practice medicine in the late-1940s. Visual artist Fatema Muhib left a significant imprint on the Palestinian visual arts landscape, having painted numerous artworks inspired by the natural landscape around her, in addition to illustrating historical figures for school textbooks.

Omar Jallad discusses his personal collection, which he donated to the Palestinian Museum, and delves into personal and public histories of life in Jerusalem, of resistance to occupation and paternalism, of women who left a mark on Palestinian history, and of a child in whom a love of art was nurtured so that he pursued his dream and became an artist.

The Palestinian Revolution: Pedagogies and Practices of Anti-Colonial Curation
A public talk by Abdel Razzaq Takriti and Karma Nabulsi

Wednesday, 23 June | 19:00–20:30
Place: ZOOM 

Read more, here.

Film Screening
“Embroideress” and an interview with artist Tamam al-Akhal
From the Labour of Love exhibition

Sunday, 27 June | 18:00-18:10
Language: Arabic
Place: Palestinian Museum Social media platforms

In “Embroideress”, we meet the women who craft the embroidered thobes we purchase to learn what embroidery means to them and whether this craft still holds political symbolism in their minds. The short film contains interviews with five embroideresses in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.

Palestinian artists Tamam al-Akhal and her husband Ismail Shammout joined the Union of Palestinian Artists and the Plastic Arts Department of the Palestine Liberation Organisation at the height of the modern Palestinian Revolution. In this interview, al-Akhal discusses the PLO’s efforts at reviving Palestinian heritage by organising international exhibitions in the 1970s and 1980s.

We invite you to read a special Palestinian Journeys newsletter marking the 54th anniversary of the Naksa. Click here