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Al-Mahatta forth International Artists Workshop – Call for applications – Deadline – July 27

Dear friends,

Please circulate.

Al-Mahatta Gallery in Ramallah- Palestine, announces a call for artists for its fourth annual International Artists Workshop residency project. Al-Mahatta welcomes applications from artists working in all disciplines. Applications and required documents must be returned to Al-Mahatta Gallery by no later than July 27th, 2012.

The workshop will be held from 5th to 20 November of this year in Birzeit Town.

You can download the workshop application from Al-Mahatta Gallery website.

Sharif Waked Opens in Tokyo

“To Be Continued ” ( with Japanese captions)   will show at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo

Exhibition “Arab Express” opens tomorrow on 16 June.



RAMALLAH is growing exponentially ­­­­— cranes everywhere lifting, piling huge cement blocs, the excited voices of builders erecting skyscrapers to rival the peaks of Dubai. Where will cars park when all available land is consumed?

Still, parts of older Ramallah are littered with the detritus of autos, furniture, broken down storefronts and a ubiquitous grey/white film of dust, which disguises the old and makes old the new. Car horns blast as impatient drivers race to wither in the heat at checkpoint lines, crowding on narrow roadbeds. Pressure.

Ominous groups of red-tiled rooftops in the too-near distance remind us of recently developed “settlements.” The Security Wall sports graffiti below while intermittent watch towers above remind us that this is an Occupation and everyone is to be watched.

Khaled Hourani, Director of the International Art Academy guides us to studios of talented art students — Noor Abed’s highly personal performances and Ayed Arafah’s painting of his childhood memory, the Dheisheh refugee camp.

Video artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme show us clips of their compelling new video, The Zone.

Ra’ouf Haj Yihya’s video game reenacts the demolition of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem by Israeli settlers.

Rana Bishara escorts us to a concert given by NAWA (Palestinian Institute for Cultural Development) where a dozen sonorous oud players perform “Huna Al Quds.”

Al Hoash mounts a Photo Competition showing Palestinians living with severe economic and social difficulties. The winning work is a series of sexually abused girls and women in a society in which such crimes isolate them from most forms of social contact and support.

We reconnect with Sharif Waked and Samar Martha at the Art Gallery in Um El Fahm where canvases in paint and ash by Osama Said link Jewish victims of the Holocaust and contemporary Palestinian victims of the Israeli occupation.

Avoiding the “Flag Dance” of JERUSALEM DAY, we return to NYC with a copy of poet Najwan Darwish’s new anthology, “Je Me Leverai Un Jour.”

Middle Eastern Artists Explore the Political and Erotic in “The Uncovered Body” Exhibition in Paris

‘Spectral Imprints’ – Five winning artworks of the prestigious Abraaj Capital Art Prize

Invitation to the opening of the Al Ma’mal LAB

Dear Friends,

We hope this email finds you good!
It is a pleasure to invite you to the opening of the Al Ma’mal LAB, a brand new adventure about culture and art in the Old City of Jerusalem.
If you want to know more about it and if you want to celebrate the opening with us, please come on Friday April 27th from 6 to 9 pm (New Gate, Old City).

We are sure you will love it and we hope to see you there!

Have a nice week,

Marianna Bianchetti, LAB Project Coordinator
Jack Persekian, Director

For further information please contact us at the LAB: 02 534 6837

Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art
New Gate, Old City P.O.Box 14644
91145 Jerusalem
T + 972 2 6283457
F + 972 2 6272312

Jericho– beyond the celestial and terrestrial

Jericho – beyond the celestial(ENG).pdf

Larissa Sansour re-imagines Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey by claiming the moon for Palestine; scattered around the screening room are small “Palistinauts”

Galleries 1, 2 & 3
Sat 14 Apr 2012 – Tue 5 Jun 2012
Mon – Closed, Tue – Sat 12:00 – 20:00, Sun 12:00 – 18:00
Artists: Akram Zaatari, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Khaled Hafez, Larissa Sansour, Marwa Arsanios, Sharif Waked, Sherif El-Azma, Tarzan and Arab, Wafaa Bilal
Curators: Omar Kholeif

Guggenheim Project Challenges ‘Western-Centric View’

Article from the NY Times (April 11, 2012)

Palistinauts and Virtual Jihadi: Arabic artists get subversive – in pictures