Gianluca Costantini
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From Palestine with Art

Australia-based Palestinian artist Lux Eterna locates her mothers town (Haifa) and her fathers (Yafa) on the historic 1877 map of Palestine on the floor of From Palestine With Art official La Biennale di Venezia Collateral Event exhibit organized by Palestine Museum in Venice Italy. Lux is one of the exhibiting artists with a photograph entry. The exhibit goes from April 23-November 27.

At the center of the Palazzo Mora in Venice is a live olive grove strewn with keys. Each key represents a Palestinian displaced during the mass evictions in 1948 and symbolize the intention to return home one day. A historic map of Palestine blankets the gallery floor; overhead, speakers play Palestinian oral histories spliced with traditional music.

All of this is part of a new exhibition dedicated to Palestinian art. Titled “From Palestine with Art,” the show was organized by the Palestine Museum US, a Connecticut-based nonprofit dedicated to showcasing Palestinian art and history. Continue

Palestinians are all over the world. and they all basically have the same story to tell. The story of displacement, the story of the loss of property, the disinheritance and the loss of home, and the occupation, the persecution. There are people living in subhuman conditions, and they have been doing that for 73 years.

Faisal Saleh

The Palestine Museum US made history when it opened as the first institution dedicated to Palestinian art in the Western Hemisphere. It made history again when it celebrated the breadth of a diaspora through its “Palestine Art Week,” which has continued to grow in a pandemic. This spring, it will break another global barrier with its participation in the Venice Biennale.

Palestine Museum Founder and Executive Director Faisal Saleh made that news public this week, as he announced the museum as one of 31 “Collateral Events” to participate in the 59th annual La Biennale di Venezia curated by Cecilia Alemani. Curated by Nancy Nesvet, head curator at the Palestine Museum, the exhibition From Palestine With Art will feature 19 Palestinian artists who are living across the diaspora, from New York, Boston and New Jersey to Kuwait, Jordan, Luxembourg, and Palestine itself. Continue


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