Qalandiya Festival: Life and Art in Palestine
Photoblog by Eloïse Bollack (Wafa Images - Riwaq Archives)
“Qalandiya International Festival – Life & Art in Palestine” marks an important moment in the evolution and internationalization of Palestinian art. This ambitious undertaking is the result of a collaboration between the Jerusalem Show and the Riwaq Biennial, as well as other Palestinian cultural institutions, in an attempt to pool resources and collectively showcase contemporary art in Palestine.
The festival kicked off on November 1 in Qalandiya village, north of Jerusalem, to shed light on the historical significance of the area as a window to the world for Palestinians, prior to the closure of its airport in 1967. The opening ceremony took place at the historic house of the al-Hoqiya family, the ruins of which symbolize 200 years of Palestinian summud (steadfastness) on this land.
The interdisciplinary program encompasses a diversity of commissioned high-profile art projects, performances, installations, interventions, films, and tours around Palestinian cities, towns and villages. The biennial offers interactive engagement between participants, artists and organizers. There is also a focus on significant architectural sites with guided walks through layers of history, memory and material. Exhibitions take place in urban and rural locations blending contemporary art with historical places.