Vita brevis, arts longa. Perhaps no circumstance better reflects this now than the second edition of the Qalandiya International. Otherwise known as the Palestine Biennial, it will run from October 22 - November 15. Weathering the region's tumultuous climate, this cultural celebration will occur in cities, towns, and villages throughout Palestine. It will feature over 100 artists and include a slate of educational programing. These events will take place at nine partner institutions. Each of which has contributed funds to finance the event. Programs include artist talks and seminars. They will include local and international speakers, installations, interventions, conceptual and video art, and public performances.
It's one thing to mount an exhibition of this nature in exile, in London, Paris, or New York. There, it's about the work and the context in which it was made. To mount such an exhibition in what amounts to a war zone is unique and heroic. The choice of the Biennial's name, Qalandiya, is significant....
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