Art

Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown News Roundup
Al Arabiya/AFP

Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown

Israel has extended the detention without trial of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Abu Sakha for another six months, his circus school said Monday. Abu Sakha, 24, was arrested on December 14 in the occupied West Bank, and held since January in administrative detention, the controversial measure under which Israel can hold suspects without trial for periods of six months, renewable indefinitely.

on June 13, 2016
Palestine’s ‘Empty’ Museum is Still a Beacon of Hope Op-Eds & Analysis
James Fraser, Middle East Eye

Palestine’s ‘Empty’ Museum is Still a Beacon of Hope

An astonishing new cultural institution for the Middle East has now opened to the public. Situated on a hilltop near Ramallah in the West Bank, the $24m Palestinian Museum was opened officially in a gala inauguration ceremony on 18 May. Over 700 guests mingled on a broad pavilion in the afternoon sun, while musicians played a classical Arab repertoire in the terraced gardens below.

on June 12, 2016
Palestinian Learns to Make Recycled Art in Prison News Roundup
Sheren Khalel, Al Jazeera

Palestinian Learns to Make Recycled Art in Prison

Ghassan al-Azzeh was detained by Israeli occupation forces and sent to prison when he was just 16 years old. As a young teen in an adult detention facility, al-Azzeh was lost until a group of older artists, also Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, took him in. Al-Azzeh was interested in art before he was arrested, but did not take the craft seriously until it became his only reprieve from the daily life of prison.

on June 11, 2016
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.

on May 17, 2016
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.

on May 5, 2016
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