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Invitation: Lost Voices in Malta & Palestine, Wednesday 14/5/2014 @ 19:00 PM in Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center

Glow of Memory Film, Presentation and Discussion

Tuesday, 6 May 2014, 6 p.m. Khalil Skakini Cultural Center

During the 1970s and 1980s, there was a rich cultural cooperation between the PLO and East Germany. The Film Festival in Leipzig is a vague yet positive Palestinian memory. German film expert and distributor Irit Neidhardt completed a first viewing of the paper archives of the festival for the years the PLO attended the event starting in 1973. She will present her project exemplified by files regarding the PLO production Al-Manam that won an award in Leipzig in 1987 and which will be shown, followed by a discussion moderated by Mohanad Yacoubi.

More Information:
Tel. 02-2981 922

Liberation Art: Talk/Performance at Whitebox Art Center

Liberation Art

Readings and Performance

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 630-9PM

Whitebox Art Center

329 Broome St.

New York, NY


630 PM Book signing with Samia Halaby and Alison Weir

7PM Samia Halaby reads Samia Halaby, Five Decades of Painting and Innovation by Maymanah Farhat, published by Booth Clibborn Editions. She also reads select excerpts from Art of Palestine, A detailed study of Palestinian art during the second half of the twentieth century

745PM Performance by artist Elias Wakeem: video screening Borderline Drag Show and drag show lip-sync to Fairouz’s Can You See How Big the Sea Is?

8PM Alison Weir reads Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. was Used to Create Israel

Samia Halaby: Five Decades of Painting and Innovation offers an unprecedented look at one of the world’s leading abstract painters. Spanning over five decades of the Palestinian artist’s illustrious career, from her early student days in the 1960s to her most recent series in 2013, the book contains nearly 450 colour reproductions, presenting her expansive oeuvre through paintings, prints, and drawings. These images are accompanied by an in-depth essay by art historian Maymanah Farhat in addition to the personal reflections of the artist on her theories of abstraction and the many inspirations and approaches that were involved in creating some of her most recognized works.

Samia A. Halaby is a Palestinian artist and scholar who lives and works in New York. Born in Jerusalem in 1936 during the British Mandate, today she is recognized as one of the Arab world’s leading contemporary painters. Halaby has also been active in American academia, teaching art at the university level for seventeen years, a decade of which was spent as an associate professor at the renowned Yale School of Art (1972–82) as the first woman ever to hold the position of associate professor. In addition to participating in leftist political organizing for various causes, she has long been an advocate of pro-Palestinian struggles.

Elias Wakeem, also known as Madam Tayoush, is an emerging queer arab Palestinian artist living and working in New York City. Through performance she examines the reaction of the audience to her personal story of the place she grew up in with its geographical, historical and political situations. Madam Tayoush created over the past few years a series of monthly radical queer drag ball parties in Jerusalem called “Jerusalem is Burning”.

Alison Weir’s new book Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. was Used to Create Israel.  Alison Weir is a journalist, author and president of the “Council for the National Interest” as well as executive director of “If Americans Knew” a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Americans with information on topics of importance that are misreported or under-reported in the American media.

How Green Was My Valley

ArtPalestine International and Whitebox Art Center are pleased to present How Green Was My Valley, an exhibition highlighting a generation of artists who have been led by the subject of Palestine to develop new aesthetic visions and practices in the face of a decades-long occupation.

The exhibition will run from April 3-27, 2014 at Whitebox Art Center, 329 Broome Street, New York, NY.

Employing photography, video, installation, and new media, the exhibition’s artists explore issues of mobility and migration, depleted natural resources, and political marginalization as experienced through Palestine’s fragmented state.

Mohamed Abusal
Tarek Al Ghoussein
Mohammed Al Hawajri
Joseph Audeh
Samira Badran
Taysir Batniji
Rana Bishara
Haitham Ennasr
Tanya Habjouqa
Wafa Hourani
Jeffar Khaldi
Mohammed Musallam
Larissa Sansour
Amer Shomali
Mary Tuma
Elias Wakeem

Image credit: Mohammed Musallam, Cultural Siege, 2012

Exhibition catalog (PDF)

Panoramic View

Palestinian Youth: the Forms of Everyday Engagements, 18-19 November 2013, Birzeit University

Program En (PDF)
Program Ar (PDF)

Gestures of Return

Hani Zurob solo exhibition “Flying lesson” & “Waiting” this Thursday, November 14 at at Le Cube

2013 Annenberg Prize awarded to Laurie Jo Reynolds and Khaled Hourani

Films Screening, Wednesday 30/10/2013 in Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center @ 6:00 PM