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Qalandiya International builds bridges between Palestine and the Diaspora

Press Release
Jack Persekian:Qalandiya International launches from Haifa, Gaza and the Diaspora

Haifa, 6 October 2016 – Qalandiya International launched its third edition “This Sea is Mine” in an inaugural ceremony in Haifa and simultaneously in Gaza, Beirut, Amman and London.

Qalandiya International kicked off with the following exhibition openings: ‘The People of The Sea’, organized by The Arab Culture Association in Haifa; ‘This Sea is Mine’ organized by Eltiqa Group & Shababek for Contemporary Art in Gaza; ‘Sea of Stories’, organized by Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in Beirut; ‘This Sea is Mine’ organized by Darat al Funun-The Khalid Shoman Foundation in Amman; and ‘Moments of Possibilities: Air, Land & Sea’, organized by Palestine Regeneration Team (PART) in London.

Director of Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem, Jack Persekian, gave the opening remarks on behalf of Qalandiya International’s consortium that were live-streamed to Gaza, Beirut, Amman and London. He said, “This year, Qalandiya International built bridges between Palestine and the diaspora, overcoming many barriers and the separation that divides Palestinians. This is unprecedented and commendable.”

He added that “Qalandiya International was founded in 2012 with the conviction that collaborative and correlative work can increase the power and effectiveness of cultural organizations, after the realization that working alone in a divided and separated environment has its limitations, especially with a shrinking space and limited funding.”

Regarding the topic of ‘return’ in “This Sea is Mine”, Mr. Persekian said “we have to look deeper into the issue of Palestinian ‘return’, the ramifications of which we live with everyday, and that has become all about political slogans which intensify each May 15 and then dwindle the rest of the year. And here is where we see our role as cultural institutions, with our mission of elevating the discourse about an eventual return, suggesting return as an alternative to the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe). Because the idea of return is not only about return to “before the Nakba” but rather about returning through our attitude to heal and fix that rupture in our collective and personal histories. Our return begins when we can stop looking at the Nakba as tragedy and defeat, and instead view it as a project on which to build, based on a clear vision of liberation and independence.”

And about “This Sea is Mine”, Mr. Persekian added, “we wanted to go back to an essential place of our homeland and to an understanding of our return, and to give it a new perspective. And who better than our poet Mahmoud Darwish to elaborate on our collective ambitions.” He concluded by adding that he hoped Qalandiya International will be a chance to think and contemplate the Palestinian return and be a step in that direction.

Through a recorded message, Palestinian Minister of Culture Ihab Bseiso said he was very proud of Qalandiya International and that he viewed it as an important landmark in Palestinian cultural life and a way of resistance through art and culture.

Qalandiya International will run until 31 October with 15 exhibitions and over 60 events in Palestine and 20 in the diaspora.

For more information, please call 054.250.0672 or email

CPT Palestine

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.