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Jerusalem Nights @ Al Ma’mal ليالي القدس في المعمل

The Palestinian Museum

Could Jerusalem be considered the quintessential global city? Does its current condition, its vaults of histories, reflect how cities worldwide aspire to the universal and fall short on the shores of globalization? Is the dissection of neighbourhoods of minorities in global cities echoed in the various quarters of the Old City? Do the border politics imposed by the Israeli military occupation of the city, the treacherous visa procedures, the queues in airports for security screening, conflate with the military checkpoints, permits, racial profiling and walls that are being erected from Mexico to the borders of Jerusalem? Could the source of the mass production of graphic signage, posters, advertisements and branding be traced to the historical tradition of icons, crosses and the Dome of the Rock? How does power and hegemony play out in this global order? How do we face the reality that this global village feels more like a ghetto, a walled city, where our confinement and sense of isolation has heightened? How do we connect? How do we break our contemporary isolation? Could we save the city from being expropriated by colonial and imperial powers, and have its indigenous people, the Palestinians, prosper with equality and wealth? How can this city fight the last battle to be a free capital for all? What are the stories of collective resistance emanating from within the city? Could we chart methodologies of resistance and decolonization that speak globally to other joint struggles? These questions are vitally important considering the politics the city is facing today, in light of the growing isolationism of many global and regional powers, in marking its future, and the answers this project aims to bring about are attempts at a response in the shadow of further foreclosure and exclusion.

The Jerusalem Lives exhibition will attempt to study and examine the city of Jerusalem as a case study, a microcosm or condensed laboratory that metaphorically represents globalization and its failures, and to find answers that inspire us to struggle for a better future. Veering away from stereotypical clichés that mark the city, between the polarities of the nostalgic, the holy or the nationalistic, this exhibition will expose the deep-set neoliberal colonial and imperial challenges the city of Jerusalem and its people are facing.

Four chapters explore the concept, beginning with a central multidisciplinary exhibition that demonstrates the emanation, effects and limitations of globalization in the city of Jerusalem, through various audio-visual materials. Commissioned or refabricated, site-specific artworks form the second chapter will be exhibited on the grounds and gardens of the Palestinian Museum. In the third chapter, the public programme will directly collaborate with civic and non-governmental organizations in the city, which have adopted a long-term working methodology of collective communal struggle. The Jerusalem Lives publication is the fourth and closing chapter that will focus on knowledge production as a frontier of resistance. This exhibition is curated by Reem Fadda and assistant curators Fawz Kabra and Yara Abbas.

Reem Fadda was the former Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York from 2010–16. She worked as Academic Director to the International Academy of Art – Palestine, which she helped found in 2006. Fadda was appointed as the Curator for the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates of the 55th Venice Biennale, 2012, and was recently the curator of the 6th Marrakech Biennale, held February–May 2016.

Participating artists:
Ruanne Abou Rahme & Basel Abbas, Sultan F.N. Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Bisan Abu Eisheh, Maria Thereza Alves, Simone Bitton, CAMP, Rain Wu & Eric Chen, Bob Gramsma, Raouf Haj-Yahia, Rula Halawani, Mona Hatoum, Khaled Hourani, Iman Issa, Ahed Izhiman, Athar Jaber, Emily Jacir, Khaled Jarrar, Mohammed Kazem, Muqata’a, Yazan Khalili, Oscar Murillo, Khalil Rabah, Adrian Villar Rojas, Sudarshan Shetty, Nida Sinnokrot, Vera Tamari, Inass Yassin, Mohanad Yaqubi

The exhibition will open in the Palestinian Museum, from August 27 to December 15, 2017


Gallery One July and August Newsletter

Gallery One Newsletter July/ August 2017

Sharjah Biennial 13 Ramallah Off-Site Project Launch

Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art Upcoming Events

Film Series I: ‘Better a Man’s Shadow than that of a Wall’ Public · Hosted by Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art

‘Better A Man’s Shadow Than That of a Wall’
A film-screening series
Curated by Lisa-Marie Wollrab

Tuesday 4 April
Al Ma’mal, New Gate, Jerusalem
19:00 – 20:30

‘Better A Man’s Shadow Than That of a Wall’ is a film screening program that brings together a diverse selection of films from Palestine, Egypt, Yemen and the UAE, exploring themes of gender and feminism in Arab societies. The program includes four screenings that will take place every Tuesday of the month.
This program is presented in partnership with Shashat.

Week 1 Program:
– The Fig And The Olive, Georgina Asfour
Palestine, 2011, 19′
– Om Amira, Naji Ismail
Egypt/Germany, 2015, 25′
– In The Shadow of a Man, Hanan Abdalla
Egypt, 2012, 65′

For Further Information

Musical Evening

Past Continuous

Wednesday 5 April
Al Ma’mal, New Gate, Jerusalem
18:30 – 20:00
The first solo recital for the Italian cellist, Lucia D’Anna, featuring Baroque and Contemporary pieces, including music by degli Antonii, Bach, Dallapiccola, as well as compositions by D’Anna.

The Discord, by Benji Boyadgian

Benji Boyadgian, part of the series The Odyssey, 2016, water color and pencil on paper, 80cm X 80cm. Photo by: Issa Freij.

The Discord
Benji Boyadgian

Curated by Basak Senova and
Jack Persekian

Al Ma’mal & Gallery Anadiel
New Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
Exhibition running until 28 April

Inspired by eroded ornamental tiles seen in ‘classical’ buildings in Palestine, The Discord, dismantles the entangled layers and temporalities encompassing the story of those tiles. Through a painting process of repetition and mutation of the patterns, Boyadgian echoes the footprints that leaves traces on the surface alluding to Palestine as a place at a junction, subject to repeated passage throughout history.

Free Fall, by Bashir Qonqar (Ramallah)

Bashir Qonqar, Interview with a Donkey, 2017, mixed media on canvas, 124 x 265 cm.

Free Fall
Bashir Qonqar

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
Al Masyoon, Ramallah
Exhibition running until 20 April

‘Free Fall’ explores the changing urban environment that surrounds us and the ways it affects human behaviours. Buildings, streets, public spaces and infrastructures have been transformed into an alienating and disturbing place where the human being is swallowed up by greed and the voracity to maximise material gains at the expense of values, ethics and society.


Samar Martha
Gallery One

13 Haddad Building, 1st and 2nd Floor
Khalil Sakakini Street, Ramallah, Palestine (next to Orjuwan Restaurant),

Opening hours: Daily from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm with the exception of Friday


Lara Abu Ramadan What Will You Take?

Opening March 16 (5 – 8pm) – April 17, 2017
Babycastles Gallery
137 W 14th st, New York, NY 10011

In July 2014, Gaza was attacked by the Israeli military in a savage sweep that demolished the region. The attack displaced over eleven percent of the Gazan population and deprived the region of basic infrastructures such as farms, schools, hospitals, mosques, and factories. Casualties included many unarmed civilians and children. The bombing severely damaged the only power station and targeted trade tunnels that bypassed Israeli blockades, isolating Gaza in their wounded state.

Yet in the teeth of crushing cruelties within and without, Gaza seeks rejuvenation.

From this dedication to rejuvenation came the concept of Over The Rainbow — an art exhibition featuring work from Palestinian artists that springs from the spirit of recovering and rebuilding Gaza, but also spreads to all aspects of the lived Palestinian experience and the dialogue around it.

Art Palestine International in collaboration with Babycastles presents Palestinian creators — inside the region and out — in a primarily digital and video game exhibition. The art resonating out of their unique and valuable voices express the artists’ relationship with the lived Palestinian experience and all it encompasses — the hope, hurt, everyday, and beyond — in vivid multimedia art and interactions.


Leila Abdelrazaq
Mahmoud J. Alkurd
Iasmin Omar Ata — Babycastles, Game Artist and Programmer
Baskalet Game Studio
Nadia Abu Kharma
Maryam Nowarah
Lara Abu Ramadan
Karl Hohn — Babycastles, Game Programmer
Firas Shehadeh
Amer Shomali

Ye Qin Zhu — Curator, Art Palestine International
Rula Khoury — Curatorial Advisor, Art Historian, and Critic
Mary Evangelista — Director of Art Palestine International
Stephen D. Ross — Consultant

Babycastles Gallery Hours
Mon – Fri 12pm – 5pm

Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art

Cluster of Exhibitions مجموعة معارض מקבץ תערוכות

Dear Friends

בהתרגשות גדולה, אנו מזמימנים אתכם לפתיחה חגיגית למקבץ תערוכות ולהשקת שני קטלוגים לאמנים פריד אבו שקרה ועמאר יונס.

בשבת 4.3.2017 שעה 12.00 .

הגלריה בימים אלה נראית נפלא, התערוכות מצויינות ואנו נחכה לכולכם כדי לבוא ולקחת חלק.

نتشرف بدعوتكم لحفل افتتاح عدة معارض فرديه وايضا لاصدار كتابين عن الفن التشكيلي الحديث للفنان فريد ابو شقره والفنان عمار يونس يوم السبت الموافق 4.3.2017 الساعه الثانية عشرة ظهراً

اتشرف بلقائكم جميعاً .

We are excited to invite you to the opening of a new cluster of exhibitions and launch of two new catalogues of the artists Farid Abu Shakra and Ammar Younis

On Saturday, March 3rd, 2017 at Noon

The gallery looks wonderful, the exhibitions are excellent, and we are looking forward for you all to join us

Said Abu Shakra سعيد ابو شقره סעיד אבו שקרה

Samia Halaby/Documentary Drawings of the Kafr Qasem Massacre Exhibition

Exhibition | Drawings of the Kafr Qasem Massacre | Samia Halaby
22 February – 30 May 2017
Opening: Wednesday | 22 Feb 2017 | 12:30 pm | Birzeit University Museum

Press Release
On February 22, 2017, Birzeit University Museum is launching the exhibition Drawings of the Kafr Qasem Massacre by internationally-acclaimed Palestinian artist Samia Halaby. The exhibition is part of the Museum’s exhibition program for the current year.
In her exhibition, Halaby presents 16 works of art, in which she uses an illustrative style to document a heartbreaking historical event – the Kafr Qasim Massacre of 1956. The artist bases her documentary research for this project on stories told by survivors, accounts they told of the families they had lost in the massacre, and all the press materials she could find.
In this show, Samia Halaby offers a form of work that is different from the usual and she clearly places herself as an activist and advocate for her people’s cause. She views this project as a work of documentation rather than a work of art.
In addition to her unique practice of contemporary abstract painting and her research of Palestinian liberation art, Halaby has designed a number of posters and banners used in demonstrations across the US – which she considers as part of her activism, not her art production.
Through her lifetime dedication to art and political activism, Halaby managed to develop her own distinctive artistic and intellectual experience and raise questions on the role and responsibility of art in life.
The show will also feature the launch of a book by the same title, which was recently published by Schilt Publishing in Amsterdam (2017). The book is a summary of the research conducted by Halaby to produce this project’s drawings. It includes a collection of survivor testimonies and an attempt to reproduce an archival record of events in painting based on a number of reliable sources and references. The artist will also present three recently completed acrylic paintings from her Illuminated Space series: Mountains Between; To Return, Infiltrate; and Mondrian Boogie Woogie. Critic Maymana Farahat will shed light on the artist’s three paintings and will place them within the latter’s broader experience in painting and art history.
This is Samia Halaby’s first solo show in Birzeit University, although her relationship with the University and the Museum dates back a long time: in the past, she has participated in group exhibitions as well as a number of educational art workshops for students. She has also donated some of her works to the Museum and has helped collect artwork by other artists, who followed in her footsteps.
In this exhibition, Halaby donates a number of her works, once again, to the Museum’s collection, so that they may forever be present in the consciousness of future generations and be always accessible to audiences from all backgrounds – students, teachers and researchers.
The exhibition is open daily from 22 February through 30 May 2017, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Samia Halaby was born in Jerusalem. She is a leading figure of abstract art practice and stands among the most influential Palestinian artists today. Despite being based in the United States since 1951, Halaby is considered a pioneer of abstract art in the Arab world.
The artist was influenced by Russian avant-garde abstract movements. Throughout her career, she conducted her work with the belief that new painting methods can develop new perspectives and ways of thinking, in terms of not only painting aesthetics, but technological and social change as well.
Since the 1970s, many international institutions sought to obtain Halaby’s works, including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY and Abu Dhabi), The Yale University Art Gallery, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, The Cleveland Museum of Art, L’Institut du Monde Arabe, and The British Museum.
Samia Halaby is represented in Ayyam Gallery (Beirut/Dubai).