At the Seams: a Political History of Palestinian Embroidery is a Palestinian Museum exhibition curated by Rachel Dedman and hosted by Dar El-Nimer, Beirut. The first of the Palestinian Museum’s satellite exhibitions outside the West Bank, the exhibition will present Palestinian embroidery in exciting new light: as a form of heritage-driven nationalism, militant resistance, nascent economic power and a constant, critical source of inspiration for contemporary artists and designers.Download Press Release
Join curator Rachel Dedman and assistant curator Lama Mawla for a guided tour of At the Seams. Discover new sides to embroidery’s political histories, as Rachel and Lama walk you through the exhibition’s big themes and hidden details, bringing its dresses and ideas to life.
Join the curatorial team for a behind-the-scenes experience. These tactile workshops will bring you up-close and personal with objects from the exhibition. Look, feel and discuss Palestinian embroidery – from hundred-year-old wedding gowns to Intifada Dresses – with curator Rachel Dedman, as she shares insights from her research.
Organised by Waraq and led by Studio Kawakeb, these hands-on workshops invite children to engage in an interactive learning experience by exploring the narratives behind Palestinian embroidery. Participants will collectively stitch a mural and transform authentic motifs into stop-motion animations.
Try your hand at embroidery! Learn the basics of the Palestinian cross-stitch, and begin embroidering an item to take home. The class is offered by Palestinian embroiderers from across Lebanon who have participated in the making of the exhibition.
An opportunity to discuss key questions and problematics at the heart of the exhibition. Discussion will engage with concerns surrounding the pictorial role of embroidery in Palestinian art history; the work of embroidery NGOs and craft-production as empowerment; the shaping of identity and embroidery’s role in resistance. This is also a chance for the public to engage with the Palestinian Museum itself, its satellite concept, and position in the landscape of new institutions growing in Lebanon and the region.https://www.facebook.com/events/2026323407593538/
Join us for a Palestinian market on the beautiful Dar El-Nimer terrace. Embroidered items and Palestinian foods will be on sale, with an open embroidery station for kids and adults – shop and stitch in the sunshine!
Join artist Maeve Brennan in a special screening of her film, The Embroiderers, commissioned for this exhibition. The evening will also mark the formal launch of the At the Seams publication, written by curator Rachel Dedman, with photography by Tanya Traboulsi. Both book and film are the result of years of research and fieldwork, and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist and curator.