Jerusalem/Home Exhibition: Curated by Sara Foryame, an exhibition bringing together the photographic works of four young photographers from Jerusalem, ceramic works by two London-based artists, and digital artworks by a Palestinian American artist.
'Poppy' Film Premier: Directed by Rick Platt and produced by 'Noon Visual Creatives', this will be the short film's first national viewing in the United Kingdom at the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) and will be boasting an international film awards trip at the start of 2016. On a family holiday with her parents and older brother, Poppy is in a mood.
Autonomy of Self, Rejecting Violence with the Lens: Bringing together moving image and photography from across the former Ottoman territories and exploring how individuals are using the human image to refuse violence and conflict. Each artist has faced the consequences of the collapse of the Empire and the destruction from international interventions as well as the implications of destablisation.
Gaza On Gaza: An exhibition of work by Palestinian artists in response to the lives devastated by last year's conflict in Gaza. During the military offensive 1,500 Palestinian civilians were killed and over 500,000 were displaced from their homes, with the UN estimating that nearly 400,000 children require mental health support to cope with the events they witnessed.
'The Map Is Not The Territory' Group Exhibition: The P21 Gallery will present a group exhibition that looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization – not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events.
Return, A Palestinian Memoir (Book Launch): The Palestinian writer and academic Ghada Karmi will present her new book 'Return' which is a second volume to her best-selling memoir 'In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story'. It tell the story of her return to her homeland, working for the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Her unique insights give a vivid picture of the dilemma Palestinians in exile face. She will be joined in conversation with writer Rachel Holmes on 1 July, 2015 at the P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD.
Autonomous Gallery (Pop-Up Exhibition): Presented by the P21 Gallery, this is a first pop-up exhibition, in line with the founding principle of exploring contemporary affairs in a localised setting through the medium of art, visual information, and direct communication. By identifying key themes, the gallery sets forth potential narratives designed to raise awareness, provoke discussion, and curiosity among the visitors.
Calm Before The Storm, In Conversation: With Tim Smyth and Ibrahim Fakhri, this evening will address how the public landscape in Syria is subject to the al-Assad regime’s propaganda images, which have been appropriated by Syrian artists and citizens in order to undermine the violent regime. Mediated by Malu Halasa, it intends to open a dialogue around the conflict whilst introducing work created during these turbulent years.
The Orchard Keepers (Screening with Q+A): Produced and directed by Bryony Dunne, this documentary takes one on a journey into the heart of the Sinai desert. Behind delicate stone walls we meet Dr. Ahmad, the last surviving herbalist trained in the ancient ways of desert healing. But it is Amariya – a fiery naturalist with a robust personality born of both scars and charms – who dominates the tale. Her relationship to the land has transformed her life in unlikely ways. The Orchard Keepers pays homage to her hypnotic, rhythmic freedom.
The Makkah Clock: The Makkah Clock is a documentary by Bensalem Bouabdallah that explores the engineering breakthrough behind the development, fabrication and installation of the largest clock ever built. Shot over the course of four years in ten countries across Europe, the Middle East and the United States, it tells the astonishing story from the initial idea to the 21st Century. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Bouabdallah and chaired by Ibrahim Darwish.