Is only one of the features in a new book “Subjective Atlas of Palestine,” designed by Annelys de Vet, in collaboration with Palestinian artists. From their release:
Sublime landscapes, tranquil urban scenes, frolicking children; who would associate these images with Palestine? All too often the Western media show the country’s gloomy side, and Palestinians as aggressors. It is this that makes identifying with them virtually impossible. If we are to relate to the Palestinians other images are needed, images seen from a cultural and more human vantage point.
The Dutch designer Annelys de Vet invited Palestinian artists, photographers and designers to map their country as they see it. Given their closeness to the subject, this has resulted in unconventional, very human impressions of the landscape and the architecture, the cuisine, the music and the poetry of thought and expression. The drawings, photographs, maps and narratives made for this atlas reveal individual life experiences, from preparing chickpeas to a manual on water pipe smoking, from historic dress to modern music. Pages containing humorous and caustic newspaper cartoons and invented Palestinian currency followed by colourful cultural diaries and moving letters from prisoners.
All in all, the contributions give an entirely different angle on a nation in occupied territory. In this subjective atlas it is the Palestinians themselves who show the disarming reverse side of the black-and-white image generally resorted to by the media.
While I think that sometimes culture is overly focused upon in order to divert attention away from political realities, this project doesn’t seem like it falls into that trap (just from the info on their website). Looking forward to reading this book.
(Thanks to Culibog for the tip).
If the specter of another US foray into regime change disturbs you, google the word “Tanter.” If the prospect of another country’s being bombarded with US weapons outrages you, and if inserting the adjective “nuclear” into the narrative sends a chill up your spine, go to the “Guardian” website and search “Tanter.” Or if you hanker to find out what a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator can do to humankind, click onto the Union of Concerned Scientists.
But if you want to take a stand against another US/Israeli war crime, don’t come to Ann Arbor. Not unless you’re prepared for the worst. Unless you’re prepared to be brutalized by the cops, thrown in jail, and subjected to improper and punitive medical treatment, you’d better keep your mouth shut. Or so the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Police, and the Zionist forces in the community would have it.
Sunday, 12 November 2006
“Israel and Lebanon Face the Future”
7 – 10pm, Rackham Amphitheatre
Featuring Professor As’ad AbuKhalil: Underlying Causes of the Israeli-Lebanese War?, Professor Joshua Landis: U.S. – Syrian Relations after the Lebanon War, Professor Zeev Maoz: Can Israel Face its Follies? Drawing the Lessons from the Second Lebanon War.
PALESTINE SOLIDARITY 101:
A Workshop with Ora Wise of the Palestine/Israel Education Project
Thursday, November 2. 8:30 p.m.
Michigan Room of the Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor
This workshop will provide an overview of the history of Occupation and
colonialism in Palestine/Israel. It will discuss the use of art and
media as tools of resistance and ways that we can take action for
About Ora Wise:
Ora Wise, daughter of a rabbi and born in Jerusalem, is getting her
masters in Jewish Education and develops curricula and teaches at a
progressive synagogue in Brooklyn. For several years she was a media
spokesperson for the national student divestment movement and organized
with Jews Against the Occupation in NYC. She co-founded the
Palestine/Israel Education Project, which facilitates multi-media
workshops in high schools and youth groups connecting the history of
Palestine to struggles against racism and colonialism in the US. PEP is
also working with Break the Silence in the Bay Area, Lajee Center in
Aida Refugee Camp, and other youth organizations in Palestine and the
US on developing a US-Palestine youth institute focusing on art and
media skills. She is also on the coordinating committee of an emerging
international network of anti-Zionist Jews.
For more information on this event, contact Atiya Husain
—Sponsored by Students Allied for Freedom and Equality and Critical
On page A10 of the September 22, 2006 New York Times this ad was printed:
This is an exciting step for the International Jewish Solidarity Network (IJSN), an emerging organization of Jews around the world who are committed to building a movement for justice in the Middle East around anti-Zionist/non-Zionist principles. Also I designed the ad so that is cool too.
Visit the IJSN website to find out more.
Way to go! Let’s do something like this in Michigan…