LIFTA – Future Palestine
Lifta takeover of The Mosaic Rooms’ Instagram for a week. Programme includes, a visual moving annexation diary that explains the drip-down effects of annexation on Palestine by Mean Hammad, Orsod Malik will be situating anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist material within the contemporary context by working to understand these struggles as part of a continue, a process still in motion and Edan Mehretu will present testimonies of African Palestinians in Jerusalem pulled from A Historiography on Fatima Bernawi & the African Palestinians of the Old City.
People are rising up against a historical and continuous process of subjugation and violence. What is the relationship of resistance to the imaginary and the ideas of possibility? Resistance, at its core, is a response to lived realities while engaging, and creating, parallel realities. And if this resistance exists on a continuum, how do we acknowledge history without relegating it to the past? How do we bring it into our approach to resistance and solidarity in the present? These are some of the threads that inform the way we envision alternative futures.
Founded in 2018, Lifta is a multidisciplinary platform that interrogates the narratives, histories and issues of the Middle East and North Africa. Lifta was co-founded by Amira Asad, Leila Peinado and Rashed Al Deiri.
Leila Peinado is a creative director, designer and curator. She worked on Mudun: Urban Cultures in Transit exhibition in collaboration with Brownbook, Vitra Design Museum and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She is co-founder of the creative studio BLZE.
Rashed Deiri is a London based writer, editor and creative director. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.
Amira Asad is a writer, editor, curator and co-founder of BLZE Studio. She is managing editor of Diaspora of the Middle East and North Africa (2019). She has curated for the Vitra Design Museum and Architectural Association School of Architecture. Based in Mexico, she is researching diaspora communities in Latin America.
Images: Lifta, Future Palestine (2019). Courtesy of Lifta.