Art

Palestine Museum Review – A Beacon of Optimism on a West Bank Hilltop News Roundup
Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

Palestine Museum Review – A Beacon of Optimism on a West Bank Hilltop

sharp white crown rises from a hilltop in the West Bank, looking out across sun-scorched terraces of olive trees and sage bushes to the waters of the Mediterranean – a distant prospect that most Palestinians will never be able to reach. Seen from the valley below, this monolithic hangar could be the latest Israeli fortification, casting its beady eye over the surrounding Arab villages from the angular black windows slashed across its facade.

about 1 week ago
Mahmoud Hawari Named Director of New Palestinian Museum News Roundup
Artforum

Mahmoud Hawari Named Director of New Palestinian Museum

Mahmoud Hawari, a research associate at Oxford University’s Khalili Research Center, was appointed the new director of the 37,000-square-foot Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, which will open its doors in May, Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper reports.

about 3 weeks ago
Gaza Fashion Show Blends Past and Present News Roundup
Belal Khaled, Al Jazeera

Gaza Fashion Show Blends Past and Present

Nearly three decades ago, Aida Abu Sitta began to collect old dresses from Palestinian refugee camps, and redesigned them with a blend of contemporary and traditional elements. One of the models at Abu Sitta's latest fashion show told Al Jazeera that the goal was to preserve the Palestinian heritage that Israel has tried to destroy. The dresses are meant to represent the identity of the person wearing them, Abu Sitta said.

on April 23, 2016
Re-constructing Dasein: The Works of Steve Sabella Art
Charlotte Bank

Re-constructing Dasein: The Works of Steve Sabella

The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish once said about the condition of exile, “Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.” Darwish, who for many people stands out mainly as the spokesman of Palestinian exile and of the Palestinian cause, has put into words more eloquently than most the insecurity of our late-postmodern condition.

on March 28, 2016
For Palestinian Artist, Spiny Cactus Makes Perfect Canvas News Roundup
Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor

For Palestinian Artist, Spiny Cactus Makes Perfect Canvas

Ahmad Yaseen makes stunning drawings on cactus pads. His colleagues from the art faculty at An-Najah University in the Palestinian city of Nablus relate that people are impressed not only by his great skills as a painter but also by his original way of expressing Palestinian suffering: using a raw material that no one had ever before contemplated.

on March 24, 2016
Palestinian Art Court-Al Hoash holds the exhibition opening: A Black Hole in the Sun News Roundup
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Art Court-Al Hoash holds the exhibition opening: A Black Hole in the Sun

On March 17, community members, artists and art lovers gathered at Al Hoash* gallery to attend the exhibition opening of A Black Hole in the Sun. The exhibition, supported by Swiss Development Cooperation and the Danish Center for Culture and Development, featured a collection of art works from different stages of the life of the internationally renowned Palestinian artist, Ibrahim Noubani.

on March 18, 2016
Palestinian Clown Detained By Israel Videos
AJ+

Palestinian Clown Detained By Israel

Israel has detained a Palestinian circus clown because they say he's a threat to the country's security. AJ+ is a global news community for the connected generation. We highlight human struggles and achievements, empower impassioned voices, and challenge the status quo.

on March 7, 2016
Poetry + Politics: San Francisco Transit Ads Raise Awareness About Palestinian Culture and Struggle News Roundup
Ben Norton, Salon

Poetry + Politics: San Francisco Transit Ads Raise Awareness About Palestinian Culture and Struggle

A new ad campaign on California public transportation is getting Americans talking about Palestine, and thinking about the unique role the U.S. plays in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestine Advocacy Project, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts, is highlighting the work of legendary Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in a series of posters on San Francisco MTA buses and trains.

on March 3, 2016
‘What’s Happening is Fascism’: Artists Respond to Israel’s ‘War on Culture’ News Roundup
Michael Griffiths, The Guardian

‘What’s Happening is Fascism’: Artists Respond to Israel’s ‘War on Culture’

The term “loyalty in culture bill” sounds like something out of Nineteen Eighty-Four. However, last month, Israel’s minister for culture and sport introduced just that to a parliamentary committee, which responded with a mixture of rightwing approval and leftwing condemnation. Many of Israel’s newspapers are now happy to mention Miri Regev in the same breath as Joe McCarthy.

on March 1, 2016