Art Palestine International is a New York-based cultural organization dedicated to Palestinian contemporary art. We collaborate with museums, galleries, and non-profits to produce art exhibitions, events, and publications.

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Obstacle Course
Pictured here: The occupation obstructs the mobility of all Palestinians, but especially those with physical disabilities.

Slow Motion Takeover
Pictured here: The Israeli military continues to extend the buffer zone around Beit Romano settlement by sealing off doorways and passageways.

Slow Motion Takeover, Part 2
Pictured here: As soldiers seal off doorways, children experience the increased militarization of their neighborhood.

Two Roads Diverge
Pictured here: A CPTer accompanies three kindergarteners home after school. Palestinians are forced to walk on the dirt path to the left whilst Israeli soldiers and settlers make use of the paved road to the right.

Obstacle to Childhood

Pictured here: With the Israeli military occupying the streets, children in Hebron constantly face restrictions to play and to simply be kids.


Pictured here: Men aged 15-30 were denied entry into the Ibrahimi Mosque for Friday prayers. Restriction of access to religious sites and the practice of religion is prohibited by International Law. These men continued with their prayers despite these restrictions.

Qalandiya International

You are cordially invited to the inauguration of
Qalandiya International
on Wednesday, 5 October 2016
where the following exhibitions will open simultaneously:

نتشرف بدعوتكم لحضور افتتاح
قلنديا الدولي
يوم الأربعاء، 5 تشرين الأول 2016
حيث سيتم افتتاح المعارض التالية بالتزامن
Haifa // 19:00-22:00
“The People of The Sea”
The Arab Culture Association
The Arab Culture Center
(the former City Hall)

Gaza // 19:00-22:00
“This Sea is Mine”
Eltiqa Group & Shababek for Contemporary Art

Beirut // 19:00- 22:00
“Sea of Stories”
Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, America St, Clemenceau

Amman // 19:00-22:00
“This Sea is Mine”
Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation
13 Nadeem al Mallah St, Jabal Al Weibdeh

London // 17:30- 20:30
“Moments of Possibilities:
Air, Land & Sea”
Organized by
Palestine Regeneration Team
Room MG14 , University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS

حيفا // 19:00- 22:00
معرض “أهل البحر”
تنظيم: جمعية الثقافة العربية
المكان: المركز الثّقافي العربيّ
(مبنى السيتي هول سابقاً)

غزة // 19:00-22:00
معرض “هذا البحر لي”
تنظيم: مجموعتي التقاء وشبابيك للفن المعاصر
المكان: مجموعة التقاء وشبابيك للفن المعاصر

بيروت // 19:00-22:00
معرض “بحر من حكايات”
تنظيم: دار النمر للفن والثقافة
المكان: دار النمر للفن والثقافة، شارع أمريكا، كليمنصو

عمّان // 19:00- 22:00
معرض “هذا البحر لي”
تنظيم: دارة الفنون- مؤسسة خالد شومان
المكان: دارة الفنون،١٣ شارع نديم الملاح

لندن // 17:30- 20:30
معرض “لحظات للاحتمالات: الهواء والأرض والبحر”
تنظيم: احتمالات مكانية – بارت
المكان: جامعة وست-مينستير، ٣٥ ، MG14 شارع ماريلبون

Qalandiya International kicks off in the remaining cities of Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem from 6 October.
To view our full program, click here

For the opening in Haifa, buses will leave Ramallah at 16:30 from Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center. To register call +970 (0) 569 640 354 or email:
بعد الافتتاح وابتداءً من ٦ تشرين الأول،
ينطلق قلنديا الدولي في: القدس ورام الله وبيت لحم.
للاطلاع على البرنامج كاملاً اضغط هنا

تتوفر حافلة من رام الله إلى حيفا لحضور حفل الافتتاح. الانطلاق الساعة 16:30من مركز خليل السكاكيني الثقافي في رام الله. للتسجيل:
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Qalandiya International’s 3rd edition to launch in October 2016

Qalandiya International (Qi) was founded in 2012 as a joint contemporary art event that takes place every two years across Palestinian cities and villages. Qi aims to place Palestine on the world’s cultural map by producing a series of exhibitions, as well as performances, talks, film screenings, workshops and tours, that open up channels for dialogue and exchange, both locally and internationally. As a partnership between art and culture organizations, Qi works collectively to join forces to unify a fragmented geography.
Qi2016, ‘This Sea is Mine’, crosses the borders of Palestine to Amman, Beirut and London, contemplating return and refuge for Palestine and the region.

Qi2016 will run between 5 – 31 October in Haifa, Gaza, London, Beirut, Amman, Jerusalem, Ramallah & Bethlehem.

Why ‘Qalandiya’?
The name ‘Qalandiya’ is associated with the main checkpoint operated by the Israeli military, disconnecting West Bank cities and communities from Jerusalem and beyond. The setting of daily subjugation and humiliation, it represents the oppressive grip of the occupation. Yet ‘Qalandiya’ has other connotations that have been blurred or erased. It recalls the closed and abandoned Jerusalem airport; it is also the site of the Qalandiya refugee camp, and the village of Qalandiya now divided by the separation wall. A meeting place of contradictions, it is now a place, and symbol, of disconnection, isolation, segregation and fragmentation. Qalandiya International reclaims the name in a de ant and positive celebration of visual arts and culture across a fragmented and divided Palestine and its diaspora.

Invitation: Solo exhibition Eltifaf – Bypass by Rafat Asad 4 April @ 6:00pm

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Gallery One is pleased to invite you to the opening of the solo exhibition Eltifaf – Bypass by Rafat Asad 4th of April 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

For further information please find below the invitation. Please do not hesitate to contact us for higher resolution images or any inquiries you might have.

Hope to see you at the opening!

Best regards


The artistic event series

Artist: Samia Halaby
Lecture: “Palestian Artists of the Intifada an I”

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 18-21 November 2015, Gallery One Booth 13

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Gallery One is pleased to announce its participation in Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Bidaya Sector from the 18th until the 21st of November 2015. Gallery One will showcase a wide spectrum of contemporary and modern art by established artists including Sliman Mansour, Sophie Halaby, Bashar Al Hroub, Khaled Hourani, Nabil Anani, Sharif Waked and Tayseer Barakat.

If you happen to be in Abu Dhabi we look forward to welcoming you at our booth. Please feel free to circulate the invitation and if you need any further information about the artists and artworks do not hesitate to contact us

Best wishes


Shadi Alzaqzouq – Muslim Panik @ Gallery Saatchi – 4 Novembre 2015

Suad Amiry and Susan Abulhawa: In Conversation

Monday October 19, 2015
6:30-8:30 PM
Columbia Journalism School (main floor), The Stabile Center
2950 Broadway at 116th Street
Palestinian architect and author Suad Amiry and Palestinian American writer and human rights activist Susan Abulhawa will discuss their newly published books within a broader conversation around contemporary Palestinian literature.

Amiry’s newly published Gold Slept Here traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the emigre Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East.

Abulhawa’s novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a story of powerful, flawed women; of relocation, separation and heartache; of renewal, family, endurance, and love.

Suad Amiry is an author and also an architect living in the West Bank city of Ramallah. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut, the University of Michigan, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her parents went from Palestine to Amman, Jordan. When she returned to Ramallah as a tourist in 1981, she met Salim Tamari, whom she married later, and stayed. Her bookSharon and My Mother-in-Law has been translated into 19 languages, which was a bestseller in France, and was awarded in 2004 the prestigious Viareggio Prize in Italy. She is Director and founder of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, the center was founded in 1991; the first of its kind to work on the rehabilitation and protection of architectural heritage in Palestine.

Susan Abulahawa was born to Palestinian refugees from Jerusalem, where her family had lived for centuries. Susan is a human rights activist currently living in Pennsylvania, USA, with her daughter. She is a frequent political commentator and she is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, a children’s organization dedicated to upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation in Palestine and in refugee camps elsewhere.

Moderated by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, History Department Chair, and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies.

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Columbia Journalism School.

A Celebration of Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora with Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi

Wednesday October 7, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 PM
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY
Refreshments will be served.
Join Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) as they celebrate TCG’s publication of Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora. The first collection of its kind, Inside/Outside brings together work by six dynamic Palestinian playwrights from both occupied Palestine and the Diaspora. This anthology is a vital contribution to world theatre, introducing six politically, socially, and culturally relevant plays by Palestinian authors. The event will include a discussion of the anthology with the book’s editors Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi, as well as selected readings by talented performers to be announced.

Naomi Wallace is an Obie award-winning playwright. Her plays have been produced in the UK, the U.S. and the Middle East, and include In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East, And I and Silence, The Hard Weather Boating Party, The Liquid Plain. In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated in the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater. In 2015 Wallace received an Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

Ismail Khalidi is a Palestinian-American writer. His plays include Truth Serum Blues (Pangea World Theater, ’05), Foot, Tennis in Nablus (Alliance Theater, ’10), and Sabra Falling. His writing has been published in Mizna, Guernica, the Nation, American Theatre, the Daily Beast and ReMezcla. Khalidi curated the Center for Palestine Studies staged reading series “Permission to Narrate: Three Nights of Palestinian Plays” in March 2015.

For any questions please email

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Center for Palestine Studies.

​Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

Steven Salaita and Rashid Khalidi: In Conversation

Tuesday October 6, 2015
Book Culture
536 West 112 Street
Steven Salaita and Rashid Khalidi in a discussion of academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s summer assault on Gaza.

Salaita’s firing generated a huge public outcry, with thousands petitioning for his reinstatement, and more than five thousand scholars pledging to boycott UIUC. His case raises important questions about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

In his new book Uncivil Rites, Salaita combines personal reflection and political critique to shed new light on his controversial termination. He situates his case at the intersection of important issues that affect both higher education and social justice activism.

Steven Salaita currently holds the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Author of six previous books, he is a regular columnist for Electronic Intifada and a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).

Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies. He is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and was President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. Khalidi is the author of Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006); Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Prize of the Middle Eastern Studies Association; Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1996), which also won the Albert Hourani prize; Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986); and British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980).

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by Haymarket Books, the Center for Palestine Studies, and Book Culture.

For more information about the book, please click here.