The Art and Resistance Conference Program

THURSDAY May 12, 2016 Conference Opening

Location: Auditorium, Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK)

19:00 – 21:00 Opening remarks, Palestinian Dabkah Dance.

Reception and opening of the “Art & Resistance” Exhibition.


Location: Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK), Auditorium


9:00- 10:45

  • Michel Khlefi “Commitment to the Struggle Against Colonialism”
  • Annemarie Jacir, “Palestinian Cinema Here and Elsewhere”
  • Clifton Arihwakehte, “Contemporary Film and the Indigenous Struggle Against Dispossession, Exploitation, and Racism”
  • Diego Mondaca, TBA

10:45:00-11:15 Coffee break


  • John O’Brian “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Started Worrying and Learned to Fear the Bomb”
  • Mohamed Harb, “Gaza’s Guernica”
  • Timothy Schwab “Art/Evidence/Memory”
  • Mahasen Nasser-Eldin: “Stories of Decolonization from Turtle Island”

1:00- 1:25: George Rivera, “Art, Activision and Resistance of Cultural Assimilation, Discrimination, Hegemony, and Oppression in the U.S.”

1:30-2:30: Onsite lunch and guided tour of the ‘Art and Resistance’ Exhibition with George Rivera.

SESSION II: Decolonial Esthetics and Politics

2:30- 4:15

  • Ellyn Walker, “Occupation as Implication: Unsettling Setter-Colonial Relations Through Writing and Curatorial Practice”
  • Anna Khimasia, “Performing Resistance”
  • Wanda Nanibush, “Performing Sovereignty in Contemporary Indigenous Art”
  • Gita Hashemi, “Declarations, Points of Departure and Lay Lines: Articulating Decolonial Aesthetics through Engagement with History”

4:15- 4:45 Coffee break

4:45- 6:30

  • Stefan St-Laurent, “Contemporary Art Exhibitions Can Spark Political Change”
  • Cynthia Bodenhorst, “Mare Nostrum: Art, Social Forms and Aesthetics of Sociability at the Shores of Europe”


Location: Auditorium, Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK)

SESSION III Resistance in Contemporary Art Practices

9:30- 11:15

  • Patrick Lama: “Opera Kan’aan, the Problematic Modernism”
  • Alexandra Handal, “Redemption Song: Notes on Art and Freedom”
  • Jamelie Hassan, “Orientalism & Ephemera”
  • Rana Bishara, “From the Gallery Walls to the Public Space of Protest in Occupied Palestine”

11:15- 11:45 Coffee break

11:45- 1:30

  • Liana Badr, “ “المقاومة في أعمال الفنان عصام بدر

(Resistance in the Artworks of Isam Badr)

  • Samar Ghattas, “Graffiti as Resistance Art in Palestine”
  • Ron Benner, “All That Has Value”
  • Rana Albatrawi (Arabic), “The Artist as Eyewitness”

1:30- 2:30 Lunch

SESSION IV: Art and Cultural Collectives

2:30- 4:15

  • Nabil Alraee (Arabic): مسرح الحريه: عشر سنوات من المقاومة الثقافية, (Freedom Theatre: Ten Years of Cultural Resistance”
  • Abdelfattah Abusrour, “Alrowwad’s Beautiful Resistance”
  • Sameh Hijaz,(Arabic) المسرح كأداة للتغيير والمقاومة” “ (Theater as a Medium for Resistance and Change)
  • Rania Jawad, “The Palestinian Museum: Reflections and Questions”

4:15- 4:45 Coffee break

SESSION V: Alternative Politics and Aesthetics of Resistance Art

4:45- 6:30

  • Jeff O’Brien, “Make Room: The Destructive Archive”
  • Naser Jawabri (Arabic) “ فاعلية خطاب فنون ما بعد الحداثة للتعبير عن القضية الفلسطينية” (The Post-Modern Discourse and Representation of the Palestinian Question)
  • Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, “Contemporary Palestinian Art’s New Resistance Politics of Proximity and Estrangement”
  • Hervé Trioreau, “Here and Elsewhere, Context as Content: Towards the Development of a Conceptual Deconstruction”

Sunday May 15 (Nakba Commemoration Day)

Location: Auditorium, Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (DAK)

SESSION V1: Memory and Remembering

9:30- 11:15

  • h. Yael, “At the Intersections of Autobiography and Politics”
  • Eman Haram, “Towards a Poetic Articulation of a Besieged Motherland”
  • Suheyla Takesh, “Memory as Medium”
  • Samer Alsaber, “Parallel Histories, “Jerusalem and Performance Since 1967”

Coffee break 11:15-11:45


  • John Halaka “Memory as Resistance: The Narratives of Palestinian Survivors”
  • Johan Widen, “How to Stand”
  • Faten Nastas-Mistwasi, “Resistance Art via the Christian Tradition and Symbols in Palestine”
  • Ian Knowles, “The Icon of Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls – Culture, Art and the Survival of Christians in the Middle East”

11:45- 2:00


Lunch 2:00-3:00

3:00- 4:30

Location: Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Ibdaa Center

Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, “Presentation & Reflections on the One Hundred Shaheed, One Hundred Lives Project”

4:30- 7:00 Guided tour in Bethlehem.

8:00-9:00 Film screening at Dar Annadwa theater:

  • Omar Amiralay, “There Are Many Things One Can Talk About, 2012”
  • Steve Sabella, “Occupation is Like a Rape- It Cannot be Justified, 2014”

Monday May 16

 8:00- 11:00- Guided tour in Jerusalem.

11:00- 2:00- Palestine International Book Fair in Ramallah & Lunch.

3:00 – 6:00- Guided tour in the city of Al-Khalil (Hebron).

7:00- 9:00- Conference Closing remarks and dinner at Dar Annadwa.

 Wednesday May 18

(Optional) The Palestine Museum, Ramallah.










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