Qalandiya International 2012

Qalandiya International 2012

Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art

Issa Freij, Qalandiya Checkpoint, 2012. Design by Jack Persekian, courtesy of Al-Ma’mal Foundation.

October 7, 2012

Qalandiya International
1–15 November 2012

Various cities, towns and villages across Palestine

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Riwaq + Al-Ma’mal
Gestures in Time is a joint effort between Riwaq Biennale and The Jerusalem Show. The exhibition is taking place between two urban stages, Jerusalem and Ramallah, and four rural Palestinian villages: Ibwein, Jamma’in, Hajjah and Dhahiriyyeh. The exhibition includes the production of public art projects in four historic centers as well as site specific work by local and international artists in the old city of Jerusalem. The program also includes walks, tours, and performances in various locations in Palestine, in addition to public talks and a seminar on modernist architecture in the Arab world. The intervention seeks to regain the possibilities offered by the gesture, as an intimate, social and political phenomenon, reclaiming the polis as a theatrical stage of individual engagement. It also envisages the gesture as a tool for micro-resistance to reaffirm our understanding of, and existence in, the present moment as an event. The project is generously funded by the European Union, the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany Ramallah, the British Council, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Rana Sadik & Samer Younis.

A.M. Qattan Foundation
The Young Artist of the Year 2012, The Hassan Hourani Award, Exhibition in Ramallah and Gaza. The Award is a biennial program that supports and promotes young Palestinian artists and opens up new spaces and opportunities for these young artists at the beginning of their careers. It has become the leading national competition for young visual arts practitioners in historical Palestine and its Diaspora. A panel of renowned and distinguished Palestinian and international artists, curators, and professionals in the fields of culture and the visual arts are invited to spend a week in Palestine to meet the artists, view their artworks and make a choice for the First, Second and Third Prize winners. The exhibition will be held at the A. M. Qattan Foundation, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Idioms Film, The French-German Cultural Center, Al-Mahatta Gallery, and Qattan Center for the Child in Gaza.

International Academy of Art – Palestine
The international Academy of art Palestine will organize an exhibition as part of an ongoing collaborative project where designers, artists, and students both from the International Academy of Art Palestine and Sandberg Institute work hand in hand with craftsmen/women around the West Bank to produce prototypes for a new collection that reflects upon the Palestinian daily life and the relationship with objects used in the domestic context. Currently, the project’s working title is: Disarming Design from Palestine.

Al Hoash
A retrospective exhibition on Mustafa Hallaj will be held at Al Hoash in Jerusalem. Hallaj is a late Palestinian artist who took refuge in Syria with his family in 1948. His art included paintings, graphics, murals, illustrations, cover designs and etchings and was inspired by ancient Canaanite legends, folk tales, and Palestinian cultural icons. He died in Dec. 2002 in Damascus, while trying to rescue his works from a fire that destroyed his studio. The exhibition will include a large and diverse compilation of his works and a film on his life particularly produced for this exhibition. 

Sakakini Cultural Center
The Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre is hosting music bands on three different evenings of the opening week of Qalandiya International. The concerts will be based on the participation of the audience to reinterpret, reinvent or rewrite songs and compositions that are popular, such as the Palestinian national anthem. The program is more of an intervention as to make the production process transparent for audiences, to include a cacophony of voices and make art and music sites for play and interaction where the onlooker is implicated in the process of production.

House of Culture And arts, Nazareth
Three events will be launched in Nazareth. The first is an exhibition held at Mahmoud Darwish Cultural Center followed by a tour in the old city of Nazareth. At the House of Culture and Arts the annual Nazareth Artists exhibition will be opened. The final exhibition to be inaugurated is the Video Dance and Text exhibition organized by the Nazareth Festival for Modern Dance and held at Sudfa Gallery and Restaurant to be followed by an evening of music and food.



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