This Sea is Mine



Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
press conference:
Tuesday, 4 Oct 2016 | 11 to 15 pm
Exhibitions tour for journalists and meetings
with the curators.
4 Rajaa’ St
press-conference-tour For press inquiries & more information contact +970 (0) 569 640 354
Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art
The Jerusalem Show VIII:
‘Before and After Origins’
Thursday, 6 October 2016 | 10:30–13 pm
Curator: Vivian Ziherl
Bisan Abu Eisheh, Jawad Al Malhi, Richard Bell, Benji Boyadgian,
Megan Cope, Alice Creischer, DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency),
Quinsy Gario, Aiman Halabi, Gordon Hookey, Saba Innab, Yazan Khalili,
Yasser Khangar, Karrabing Film Collective, Jumana Manna,
Tshibumba Kanda Matulu, Randa Maddah, Muhammad Mughrabi,
NGO (Donna Kukama, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Donna Kukama,
George Mahashe & Sinethemba Twalo), Tom Nicholson, Christian Nyampeta,
Rachel O’Reilly, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Ryan Presley, Shada Safadeh, Wael Tarabieh, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Sawangwongse Yawnghwe.
at Youth Activities Centre, Shu’fat refugee camp 19:30–22 pm
Al-Ma’mal, 8 Al-Jawaldeh St, New Gate, Old City
Exhibition: 6 October31 October, 2016
A morning bus will leave
at 9:00 from Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center in
Ramallah for Shu’fat refugee camp.
For registration call +972 (0)2 628 3457 or
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For its 8th edition, the Jerusalem Show extends beyond the wall of the
old city for ‘Before and After Origins’, a two-part exhibition considering the t
heme of Return from the Jerusalem perspective. While 1948 may be considered
the origin of Return, the category of ‘origins’ is itself questioned throughout the exhibition, contouring the relations of modernity, colonisation and territorial
belonging. In reconsidering the nature of origins, ‘Before and After Origins’
seeks to prise open new dialogues and possible futures of Return.
The two venues of the Al Ma’mal Foundation in the Old City and the Youth
Activities Center of Shu’fat refugee camp each propose a case study before
and after the watershed year of 1948 which witnessed the expulsion of over 60%
of the Palestinian population from their land. The exhibitions in both venues
offer a prism through which to reflect upon the significance of the Return
to the global condition.
With contributions from the Canaan Amulets collection in collaboration
with the Birzeit University Museum, as well as contributions from the
collection of George Al Ama.
Al Ma’mal Foundation, 8 Al-Jawaldeh Street,
New Gate, Old City, Jerusalem.
Open daily, except Sundays, from 14:00–21:00.
Runs through 31 October, 2016
Youth Activities Centre, Shu’fat refugee camp,
across from the central bus station.
Open daily from 10:00-15:00. Runs through 22 October, 2016
Exhibition: 5 October – 31. October 2016
Old City · Jerusalem 00300 ·
Palestine Inauguration of Qalandiya International (قلنديا الدولي)] which
will take place simultaneously on 5 October in Haifa, Gaza, Beirut,
Amman, and London. Exhibitions will open simultaneously:
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
borders of Palestine to Amman, Beirut and London,
contemplating return and refuge for Palestine and the region A collaboration
between 16 art and cultural organizations, #Qi2016presents a series of
exhibitions, running between 5-31 October, 2016.
The Arab Culture Center Haifa
“The People of The Sea”
 Wednesday, 5 October 2016 | 19 -22 pm
The Arab Culture Association (the former City Hall) Haifa,
buses will leave Ramallah | 16:30
from Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center.
To register call +970 (0) 569 640 354
or email:
Eltiqa Group & Shababek for Contemporary Art Gaza
“This Sea is Mine”
Wednesday, 5 October 2016 | 19–22pm
Mohamed Abusal, Mohammed Al-Hawajri, Ruqaia Al-Lulu,
Abed Al-Raouf Al-Ajuri, Diana Alhosary, Basel El Maqousi,
Raed Issa, Dina Mattar, May Murad, Sohail Salem,
Shareef Sarhan, Rufaida Sehwail, Majed Shala
Curators: Raed Issa and Shareef Sarhan
Exhibition :  5 October31 October  2016
Eltiqa Group,
Omar Al-Mokhtar St., near Al-Abbas Square,
AlHarazein Building & Shababek For Contemporary Art,
Abu Hsirah St., behind Al-Shifa Hospital.

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‘This Sea is Mine’ In Gaza City an estimated 1.24 million people, three quarters
of the population, are UNWRA-registered refugees, half of whom live in the eight
officially recognized refugee camps. This means three quarters of the population
either lived through or grew up hearing about the 1948 Catastrophe, or ‘Nakba’, and
dream about returning to their lands and homes. The concept of ‘return’ has been discussed in every household in Gaza. Despite the multiple wars and the siege
Gaza has experienced over more than 68 years, it has never stopped dreaming
of ‘return’. In this exhibition, the artists’ works are based on this dream and
the notion that this sea belongs to them. It is a challenging exhibition, particularly
with the theme of ‘this sea is mine’, as Gaza is a coastal city and the sea is part
of its everyday life. The sea carries many meanings. It is where the people go to
find some calm and peace of mind. But it is also a reminder of the limits on
freedom with the 6 nautical mile limit out at sea.
The sea represents our current homeland, as well as what we have lost, for the
idea of ‘this sea is mine’ is also about Haifa and Umm el Fahem—and Ramallah,
Jerusalem and Bethlehem, cut off from Gaza and the coasts of Haifa and Jaffa.
The idea of ‘return’ is embedded in our society, as is the dream of returning
to Ramla, Jaffa, Acre, the Galilee, and all Palestine.


Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut
Qalandiya International III
Wednesday, 5 October 2016 | 19 – 22 pm
Participating artists:
Curated by: Rasha Salah
Exhibition: 5/10 – 31/10/2016
America Street, Clemenceau, Beirut
Untitled 2 by Tarek Al-Ghoussein from the Self-Portrait Series, Palestine, 2002
Courtesy of El-Nimer Collection
5/10 – 31/10/2016
Qalandiya International “QI” takes place every two years in towns and villages
inside Palestine and collaborates with over 12 cultural and artistic institutions.
Dar el-Nimer has joined “QI” for their third edition which takes up the theme
of “Return”. At Dar El-Nimer, this event series seeks to explore and retrace the
journeys of Palestinian narratives, and memories while opening a space for
conversation on what return means for today’s Palestinian community in
Film Screening
Recollection by Kamal Aljafar
7 October 2016 | 18:30 – 20:30 pm
conversation between
Kamal Aljafari and Akram Zaatari
America Street, Clemenceau, Beirut
The Israeli and American features shot in the town of Jaffa from the 60s to
the 90s are the basis for the story of a dream. All protagonists are removed
from the original footage, leaving an empty setting formed by the town.
Thus, the impossible is made possible from the ‘I’ perspective, namely
filming the past and compiling a picture album made of memories.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between
Kamal Aljafari
and Akram Zaatari
Ahmad Barclay & Hana Sleiman
TALK 11. OCT 2016| 6:30pm
America Street, Clemenceau, Beirut
(1982) A Crime Against Culture. PLO Research Center
The story of the archives of the Palestinian national movement reveals a
narrative of exile and fragmentation that reflects the Palestinian experience itself. Building on archival and ethnographic research, this project reconstructs the
journeys of these archives across the Mediterranean, connecting locations
including Beirut, Haifa, Algeria, Cyprus and Italy. The project explores how much
of these archives have been lost, why the remaining fragments are yet to be
repatriated, and the ramifications of an archival absence on Palestinian
narratives of past, present and future.
Curators Ahmad Barclay & Hana Sleiman
Creative Production The Council for Visual Affairs Production made
possible with the support of Culture Resource’s Production Awards Program,
Taawon (Welfare Association), Dar El-Nimer for Arts & Culture
Research Team
Joanne Boustany, Manal Rifaie, Nael Halabi, Issam Rifaie Archival Material
American University of Beirut Libraries, Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento
Operaio e Democratico, Dar Al Musawwir, Institute for Palestine Studies Library,
Palestine Poster Project Archives, Monica Maurer (personal archive),
Kais Al-Zubaidi (personal archive), William J. Clinton Presidential Library,
Wafa Palestinian News & Info Agency Archive
Special Thanks
Amira Elmasry, Anthony Baladi, Annemarie Jacir, Dahna
Abourahme, Jaber Suleiman, Kaoukab Chebaro, Khalid Farraj, Kristine
Khouri, Kais Al-Zubaidi, Ramzi Haddad, Majd Al-Shihabi, Mansour Aziz,
Mahammad F Kalfat, Mohanad Yaqubi, Monica Maurer, Muzna Al-Masri,
Sara Bittar, Yazan Kopty
13. OCT 2016 | 6:30pm
America Street, Clemenceau, Beirut
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The story of ‘A Performance Desperately in Need for an
Audience’ tells the tale of exile. It delves into the world where thousands upon
thousands of people are choosing to bear the burden of migration and to face
the ultimate risk of death,
leaving behind their homes and loved ones, in the hopes of finding themselves
human again beyond the seas. ARAB PUPPET THEATER FOUNDATION The Arab
Puppet Theater Foundation (APTF) was founded in 2008 with the mission to
encourage puppetry practices throughout the Arab world, advance new developments
in the field, and function as an established puppetry school and theatre. APTF
is a platform to revive, advance, continually challenge and rethink puppetry in
the Arab world.
MOHANAD YAQUBI 18. OCT 2016 |6:30pm
America Street, Clemenceau, Beirut
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Drawing on recently found film rushes, rare documentary footage and clips of
Third Cinema, Mohanad Yaqubi will introduce us to a fascinating and often
neglected world that engages with the depth of Palestine’s filmmaking history,
its role in shaping Palestinian identity, and its ties to the wider Third Cinema
movement. The presentation will raise questions with regards to the role of
‘militant cinema’ as a tool of documentation but also to intervene in the
political upheavals and liberation movements that shook the world in the
midst of the past century. MOHANAD YAQUBI Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker,
producer and co-founder of Idioms Film. He teaches film studies at the International
Art Academy in Palestine. He is part of Subversive Films, a curatorial and research collective focusing on militant film practices. Yaqubi is a producer of internationally screened films and the creator and producer of Suspended Time. He is currently
finalizing his feature film ‘Off Frame’ about the history of Palestinian
militant cinema.
Darat al Funun Amman
The Khalid Shoman Foundation
“This Sea is Mine”
Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016 | 19 -22 pm
13 Nadeem al Mallah St, Jabal Al Weibdeh
Amman 11183
University of Westminster London
“Moments of Possibilities:
Air, Land & Sea”
Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016 | 17:30 to 20:30 pm
Organized by Palestine Regeneration Team
Robin Evans Room, 35 Marylebone Road,
NW1 5LS, London, UK
‘Moments of Possibilities:
Air, Land & Sea’ in London. With land distribution and urban morphology
in Palestine now being pushed to their extremes through the inclusion of certain communities and the exclusion of others, the aim of this London event is to
explore alternative means of re-reading ‘Air’, ‘Land’ and ‘Sea’ within the
region by stripping away the dominating power of lines on the ground.
NW1 5LS Qalandiya International kicks off in the remaining cities
of Jerusalem, Ramallah and Bethlehem
Qalandiya International (Qi)
was founded in 2012 as a joint contemporary art event that takes place
every two years across Palestinian cities and villages. Qi aims to place
Palestine on the world’s cultural map by producing a series of exhibitions,
as well as performances, talks, film screenings, workshops and tours, that
open up channels for dialogue and exchange, both locally and internationally.
As a partnership between art and culture organizations, Qi works collectively
to join forces to unify a fragmented geography. Qi2016, ‘This Sea is Mine’,
crosses the borders of Palestine to Amman, Beirut and London, contemplating
return and refuge for Palestine and the region.
Why ‘Qalandiya’? The name ‘Qalandiya’ is associated with the main
checkpoint operated by the Israeli military, disconnecting West Bank
cities and communities from Jerusalem and beyond. The setting of daily
subjugation and humiliation, it represents the oppressive grip of the
occupation. Yet ‘Qalandiya’ has other connotations that have been blurred
or erased. It recalls the closed and abandoned Jerusalem airport; it is also
the site of the Qalandiya refugee camp, and the village of Qalandiya now
divided by the separation wall. A meeting place of contradictions, it is now a
place, and symbol, of disconnection, isolation, segregation and fragmentation.
Qalandiya International reclaims the name in a defiant and positive
celebration of visual arts and culture across a fragmented and divided
Palestine and its diaspora. Qi 2016 is a collaboration between 16 art and
cultural organizations: A. M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah Al Hoash –
Palestinian Art Court, Jerusalem Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary
Art, Jerusalem Arab Culture Association, Haifa Dar Al-Kalima University
College of Arts & Culture, Bethlehem Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture,
Beirut Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman Eltiqa
Group, Gaza International Academy of Art Palestine, Al-Bireh Khalil
Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah MinRASY Projects Palestine Regeneration
Team (PART), London Ramallah Municipality RIWAQ – Center for
Architectural Conservation, Al-Bireh Shababek for Contemporary Art,
Gaza The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit

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