A Conversation with Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator of the Palestinian Museum/Artistic Director of Qalandiya International

October 18, 2014 2:36 PM

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The second Qalandiya International (Qi), also known as the Palestine Biennial, will take place from October 22 - November 15. It's the largest contemporary art event in Palestine. Exhibitions and programs will be staged throughout Palestine. Sites include Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramallah, Gaza, and Hebron. It will feature the work of over 100 Palestinian and international artists. Each artist's work will contribute to the theme "Archives, Lived and Shared." Along with the exhibited art, QI will include lectures, tours, and performances. The first Qi, with 250 artists and speakers, attracted 6,500 visitors.

Everything about the Qi is significant. The "Qalandiya" of the title refers to a notorious West Bank checkpoint. It also refers to life in pre-Occupation Palestine. A collaborative project that focuses more on collectives than individuals, it serves as an act of defiance in response to oppressive an...

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