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Artist Emily Jacir Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Venice Biennale News Roundup
Democracy Now!

Artist Emily Jacir Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Venice Biennale

At the Venice Biennale, the oldest and most prestigious international biennial art exhibition in the world, we speak with one of the most celebrated Palestinian artists, Emily Jacir. In 2007, she won the Golden Lion here at the Venice Biennale for her work "Material for a Film," a large-scale installation based on the life of Palestinian writer Wael Zuaiter, who was assassinated near his home in Rome, Italy, by Israeli Mossad agents in 1972.

about 3 weeks ago
An Inspiring Look Into A Gaza Neighborhood Filled With Color News Roundup
Nick Robins-Early, The Huffington Post

An Inspiring Look Into A Gaza Neighborhood Filled With Color

In the Al Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza, residents have transformed a conflict-stricken area into a vibrant work of art. Formerly bare doors and windows are now covered in rainbow shades of paint, and pastel-colored flower pots hang down alleyways. There are swirling murals on light purple and yellow walls, and brightly colored bricks line the sidewalks.

about 3 weeks ago
Gaza’s Colorful Neighborhood Videos
IMEU

Gaza’s Colorful Neighborhood

Mohammed Al Saedi, a resident of Gaza's Al Zaytoun neighborhood, inspired a collective effort to beautify the area by adorning homes and alleyways with bright paint, murals, and potted plants. Mohammed believes colors and flowers will bring healing, declaring, "From the stones of the destruction we will build plant basins to grow flowers."

on August 5, 2015
Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall Op-Eds & Analysis
Khaled Jarrar, The Electronic Intifada

Why I Painted a Rainbow Flag on Israel’s Apartheid Wall

Earlier this week, I painted a section of the Israeli apartheid wall near Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank with the colors of the rainbow flag. Later that night, some people from the community painted it over.

on July 2, 2015
Nakba Museum Exhibit Opens in DC News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Nakba Museum Exhibit Opens in DC

When 27-year-old Bshara Nassar began to dream of a museum dedicated to the Nakba, he hoped it would provide context for Americans who were learning about the struggle for Palestinian civil rights today. “That’s where it all started,” he says. “If we look at the news now we see stories on settlements, for example, but without the context."

on June 16, 2015
Palestinian Cartoonist Documents Isolation of Palestinian People News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Palestinian Cartoonist Documents Isolation of Palestinian People

The artwork of Palestinian cartoonist Muhammad Hassan -- depicting the concerns and isolation of the Palestinian people -- has begun to make its way to an international audience. Documenting the isolation of the occupied Palestinian territories, Hassan believes that fighting for the Palestinian cause and expressing it via his caricature "is a global endeavor, as it is the most important cause in the world."

on May 1, 2015
Learning to Photograph While Running in Gaza News Roundup
+972 Mag

Learning to Photograph While Running in Gaza

Opening at Jaffa Theatre on Thursday as part of Tel Aviv’s Solidarity Festival, an exhibition will feature the work of Activestills, including Gaza photographer Basel Yazouri. Having joined Activestills a few months before last summer’s offensive, his work has been published in various international platforms, including +972 Magazine.

on April 29, 2015
Preserving Memories amid Gaza’s Rubble News Roundup
Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada

Preserving Memories amid Gaza’s Rubble

Elham al-Astal is striving to create something beautiful out of a very ugly situation. In her latest artwork, she has glued the branches of a tree to a broken window. The window comes from a kindergarten in the Khuzaa area of southeastern Gaza that was completely destroyed by Israel last year.

on April 17, 2015
Graphic novels about Palestine reveal the exceptional everyday demands of exile News Roundup
Middle East Monitor

Graphic novels about Palestine reveal the exceptional everyday demands of exile

Baddawi (2015) is a coming-of-age graphic novel by Chicago-based artist Leila Abdelrazaq about a boy raised in a refugee camp in northern Lebanon; it's a poignant tale based on her father's early life. The eponymous Baddawi is the refugee camp where Ahmad was born after his parents' expulsion from Palestine in 1948.

on April 10, 2015