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This Sea is Mine – Qalandiya International

12/05/16 7:00 pm

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Qalandiya Biennial

Join Rawan Sharaf and Nicola Gray to find out about contemporary art and culture in Palestine with a presentation and discussion on Qalandiya InternationalQalandiya International is an interdisciplinary event that takes place across Palestinian cities, towns and villages, promoting contemporary art both locally and internationally.  It is an attempt to join forces and resources and form links across a fragmented geography through a diverse programme of art exhibitions, performances, film screenings, workshops, seminars, talks and walks around Palestine. The third Qalandiya International will take place in October 2016.  The theme for this year, “This Sea is Mine”, is an entry point for contemplating and exploring concepts of return and refuge in both Palestine and the region.

Rawan Sharaf is a Palestinian curator and researcher and currently a PhD candidate at Birmingham City University investigating the relation between contemporary art practices and the art institution in Palestine.  Rawan contributed to the establishment of Al Hoash, an art and cultural centre in East Jerusalem, and was Executive and Artistic Director from 2006-2013. She has been involved in Palestinian and international projects as art director and curator, such as ‘Otherwise Occupied’ the Palestinian exhibition at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Rawan was a member of the founding and curatorial committee of Qalandiya International.

Nicola Gray is an artist, writer, editor and curator based in the UK. Formerly Assistant Editor of the influential journal on visual culture, Third Text, and a co-ordinator of the Braziers International Artists Workshop, she has been collaborating with artists and cultural organisations in Palestine on exhibitions, residencies and publications since 2002. Curator for the Young Artist of the Year Award (the YAYA) in Palestine in 2006 and 2010, and related exhibitions in The Mosaic Rooms in 2009 and 2011, she was also on the Jury for the 2012 Award.