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Newton’s Fourth Law by Wafa Hourani

Al Ma’mal Foundation  for the Arts, Jerusalem on view until August 4th, 2011


Degree Show for International Academy of Art

Picasso’s famous “Buste de Femme” arrives in Ramallah!

Six museums, one Dutch, have cooperated to bring Pablo Picasso’s “Buste de Femme” to the International Academy of Art Palestine (IAAP) where it can be seen in a specially constructed room, starting June 24 and continuing until July 20th, 2011. It is  on loan from the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. In conjunction with the painting’s long-awaited arrival,  the Al-Ma’mal Foundation will   document the process of bringing  the painting to Ramallah.  Birzeit University, Sakakini Culture Centre, A.M. Qattan Foundation, The Palestinian Art Court, Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art and ILTIQA Artists House, in Gaza will offer talks and film programs.


Palestinian women prisoners suffer in Israeli prisons. Reports from Addameer, a prisoners’ support association report on their daily existence.  They suffer from over crowded insect infested cells, isolation from families, absence of Arabic-speaking doctors and  constant fear of rape.

Italian documentary photographer Ventura Formicone’s photographs show  their tortured and tragic  lives.

June 29-July 7,2011

Al-Mahatta Gallery in Jerusalem

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Al-Mahatta Gallery call for applicants to residency.

Al-Mahatta Gallery in ramallah- Palestine, announces a call for artists for its third annual International Artists Workshop residency project. Al-Mahatta welcomes applications from artists working in all disciplines. Applications and required documents must arrive at Al-Mahatta Gallery by no later than July 15th, 2011.

Emily Jacir’s new work: a closed-circuit conveyor belt going endlessly in circles.

Emily Jacir’s new work  will open the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale, June 4, 2011. This year’s Biennale, entitled “Installations” will  include a large number of Middle Eastern artists.

Commemorating Nakba Day with music,poetry and art

The Youth Roots Group will commemorate the sixty-third session of the Palestinian Nakba in Gaza, Nablus, Ramallah, Haifa and Amman with music, poetry and art.

Check out the UNION GALLERY in Gaza,May 10-15, the AL-MAHATTA  GALLERY  in Ramallah, May 14-19, the YAFA CULTURAL CENTER in Nablus, May 14-19, the HAIFA CLUB, May 15-21 and the DAR AL ANDA GALLERY in Amman,May 15-21.

Jerusalem poet, NAJWAN DARWISH  will read with singer MADA’AL MOUGHRAB at The Friend’s House in Ramallah at 7pm on May 12th.

The aim of these events is to reaffirm the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their land through artistic expression executed by Palestinians.

Shadi Habib Allah – The King and the Jester

Shadi Habib Allah, “The King and the Jester,” Single-channel video, 2010

File this blog post under ‘better late than never’: Shadi Habib Allah’s solo exhibition at Reena Spaulings last fall was given a glowing writeup in the New Yorker: “a lyrical vérité video by a young Palestinian artist about, of all things, a Miami auto-body shop…Habib Allah trails his subjects with a fly-on-the-wall, gimlet-eyed humanism worthy of Frederick Wiseman, unearthing significance in the humdrum incidents of the everyday.”

Young Artists at Birzeit

Inass Yassin and Vera Tamari, directors at Birzeit Museum

During my recent trip to Ramallah, I visited the Ethnographic & Art Museum, a pioneering art space which (along with the online site The Virtual Gallery) promotes arts within the Palestinian community at Birzeit University.

Despite Birzeit’s lack of an art department, it maintains an active and interested student and neighborhood attendance. The director and former director, Inass Yassin and Vera Tamari respectively, gave me a tour of the current exhibition (curated by Yassin) which includes the following young Palestinian artists:

Salama Safadi, Abdullah Al Ruzzi, Ayed Arafah, Dina Matar, Edward Salem, Shada Safadi, Mirna Bamieh, Randa Maddaah, the Arabic class at Al Fataah School, Yazan Khalili, Mohammad Hawajiri, Ahmad and Mohammad Nasser, and Inas Halabi, and Jumana Manna.

Download a pdf brochure of the exhibition here

How to Get a Green Card

During my recent visit to Ramallah, I had the opportunity to visit The International Academy of Art Palestine (PACA). Director Tina Sherwell explained Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ generous funding of the organization, which was inspired by the Oslo Agreement of 1994.  Also backed by the Arab bank Al-Bireh, PACA is a thriving organization that houses 32 art students from all over the world.

During a tour of the studios, Khaled Jarrar offered me a postcard of his work titled “How to Get a Green Card”, which seemed to capture the spirit of the artists at the academy.