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SAFAA AL SET | DEATH DWELLS NEAR ME

15/11 - 22/12/2017

“What we see in the sculptures of Safaa El Set , in her “Death dwells near Me” exhibition, are not skeletons of extinct animals; we see an unborn life, an abortive dream, and incomplete remains. These bones represent a collection of sculptures portraying unknown creatures, just like other species that we are familiar with, that we read about and have ever seen. However, the truth we are faced with is a witty mixture, through which Safaa Al-Set has thrived in her previous exhibitions, and through which she continually explores. The artist unambiguously reminds us that death dwells near, but that we should not pay too much attention to it. She echoes us through the remains that she so meticulously sculpted, so finely enough that when you see the works, you will inherently feel that those skeletons belong to you, that these bones you touch each day are yours, preserving closely to make sure they have not yet turned to ashes.” — Khaled Khalifah.

In collaboration with Art on 56th, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture has the pleasure to invite you to the opening reception of Safaa Al-Set’s exhibition “Death dwells near Me” which will run from November 15 until December 22, 2017 (Monday to Saturday, from 11 AM until 7 PM).

About the Artist 
Born in 1974, Safaa Al-Set studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University and graduated in 1997. She briefly experienced with multi-media graphic design, then decided to start her own artistic career, working with metal, using steel and copper as a means to create original art pieces, which stand out for their rough texture and design.

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The 1987 Intifada: History and Memory | Institute for Palestine Studies

3000 NIGHTS | MAI MASRI

28/11/17. 6:30-8PM

As part of "The 1987 Intifada: History and Memory" conference in partnership with The Institute for Palestine Studies, Dar El-Nimer invites to the screening of "3000 Nights" followed by a discussion with director Mai Masri, moderated by Leila Shahid.

 

"The 1987 Intifada: History and Memory" commemorates the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Popular Palestinian Uprising against the Israeli Occupation, and takes place in parallel between Ramallah and Gaza (24-26 November) and Beirut (28-30 November).

 

For more information: www.intifada1987.com


“3000 Nights” tells the story of a newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher who is falsely arrested and incarcerated in an Israeli prison where she gives birth to her son. Through her struggle to raise her child behind bars, the film traces a young mother’s journey of hope, resilience, and survival against all odds. 

The film is inspired by a true story and shot in a real prison with lead actresses Maisa Abdel Hadi and Nadera Omran. It won over 24 international awards and represented Palestine at the Golden Globes and Jordan at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film in 2017.

Mai Masri directed and produced several films that have been screened worldwide and won over 80 international awards. She received international acclaim with her films "3000 Nights" (2015) which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival; "Children of Fire" (1990), "Children of Shatila" (1998), "Frontiers of Dreams and Fears" (2001), "A Woman for Her Time" (1995), "Beirut Diaries" (2006), and "33 Days" (2007). She also co-directed with her late husband Jean Chamoun "Under the Rubble" (1983), "Wild Flowers" (1986), "War Generation – Beirut" (1998), and "Suspended Dreams" (1992). 

Language: Arabic with English Subtitles | Free Entrance | Location: Auditorium — Second Floor

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THE 1987 INTIFADA: HISTORY AND MEMORY | INSTITUTE FOR PALESTINE STUDIES

THE WANTED 18 | AMER SHOMALI

29/11/2017. 6:30-8PM

As part of "The 1987 Intifada: History and Memory" conference in partnership with The Institute for Palestine Studies, you are invited to the screening of "The Wanted 18" followed by a discussion with director Amer Shomali, moderated by Rima Mismar, Executive Director of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC.

 

"The 1987 Intifada: History and Memory" commemorates the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Popular Palestinian Uprising against the Israeli Occupation, and takes place in parallel between Ramallah and Gaza (24-26 November) and Beirut (28-30 November).

 

For more information: www.intifada1987.com 

 

The first Intifada, 1987: Palestinian leaders urge communities to develop alternatives to Israeli products. In response, a group of Palestinian activists starts a collective dairy farm with 18 head of cattle. Once their “Intifada milk” gains popularity, the Israeli army orders the farm’s closure, declaring the cows a threat to national security. The activists persevere, hiding the cows in caves and continuing to produce Palestinian milk. This is the story of the most powerful army in the Middle East chasing 18 cows.

 

Amer Shomali is a Palestinian multidisciplinary artist, using painting, films, digital media, installations, and comics as tools to explore and interact with the sociopolitical scene in Palestine. Much of Shomali’s work examines the creation and the use of the Palestinian revolution’s iconography. Born in Kuwait in 1981, Shomali holds a BSc in Architecture from Birzeit University in Palestine, and a Master’s degree in Animation from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. He is currently based in Ramallah, Palestine.

 

Language: Arabic with English Subtitles | Free Entrance | Location: Auditorium — Second Floor

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THE 1987 INTIFADA: HISTORY AND MEMORY | INSTITUTE FOR PALESTINE STUDIES

CONFERENCE | THE 1987 INTIFADA

30/11/2017. 9AM-2:15PM


Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the popular Palestinian uprising, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in collaboration with The Institute for Palestine Studies invites you to "The 1987 Intifada: History and Memory", a conference day that aims to examine cultural production during and about the Intifada, with contributions by researchers, writers, artists, and filmmakers.

 

For more information: www.intifada1987.com



Conference Program

Registration and Welcome Note
(9 - 10 AM)

Maher Charif — Historical and political backgrounds
Salim Tamari — The petty bourgeoisie: from the Spark of the rebellion to a counter-revolutionary worm
(10 - 11 AM)

Suad Amiry — Nameless and Faceless Palestine
Khaled Elayyan — Artistic production in the Intifada
Khaled Hourani — The Intifada as an art event
Amer Shomali — The dilemma of the final scene in a film about the Intifada
(11:15 AM - 1:15 PM)

Free Entrance | Location: Auditorium — Second Floor

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TALKING MUSIC | YASMINE HAMDAN

8/12/2017 | 6-7 PM

Celebrating the return of Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival, Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture is honored to invite you to a conversation with Yasmine Hamdan moderated by Pierre Abi Saab.

Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan first emerged onto the music scene with Soapkills, the pioneering indie electronic band she founded along with Zeid Hamdan in Beirut in the late ’90s. After two albums, Cheftak (2002) and Enta Fen (2005), the group split, with Yasmine Hamdan relocating to France, where she recorded the album Arabology, released in 2009 by Universal France. In 2012, Yasmine joined forces with Nouvelle Vague’s Marc Collin to produce her debut solo album, Ya Nass which received wide critical acclaim.

Her unique vision is fully realised in her latest album Al Jamilat, which she jointly produced with UK producers Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Lily Allen) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Carl Barât) and that was released by Brussels-based label Crammed Discs.

Prior to this talk, Yasmine will be opening Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival on Thursday 7 December at The Grand Factory. For more info: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/119362185440132/

Location: Auditorium, Second Floor | Free Entrance; Places are Limited