MOMENTS OF POSSIBILITIES: AIR, LAND AND SEA

With land distribution and urban morphology in Palestine now being pushed to their extremes through the inclusion of certain communities, and the exclusion of others, the aim of this London event is to explore alternative means of re-reading ‘Air’, ‘Land’ and ‘Sea’ within the region by stripping away the dominating power of lines on the ground.

Stemming from the need for an alternative discourse that can heal and nourish real physical space as well as the space of imagination, it will look at ‘Air, Land and Sea’ in the hope of redefining a new geography beyond the currently enforced borders.  Through acts such as ‘cutting’ and ‘breathing’, the event will include works that demonstrate the possibilities of reconstructing and stitching together fragmented spaces and Palestinian diasporic communities.

‘Air, Land and Sea’ will be the medium where boundaries are blurred and surfaces are merged. It aims to engage with nature and allow the cultural landscape to heal itself again in a constant process of wrapping and stitching together.

The London event will hence consist of exhibitions, digital fabrications, talks and films screenings as mediums to explore everyday lives and new kinds of space in Palestine, the Mediterranean Sea, and beyond -- both virtually and physically.

‘Air, Land and Sea’ suggests a world where the invisible can be rendered again as visible, and where the subject of return is achievable. In this sense, the program will question the idea of ‘moments of home’, located on the thresholds of waiting, whether for those who were displaced once or else are in a condition of constant displacement.

WHY QALANDIYA


For the past decade, Qalandiya has been associated with the infamous checkpoint, which disconnects the West Bank from Jerusalem and the rest of the world. This checkpoint has been highly pervasive in the media, as well as in the visual, artistic and literary works produced in and about Palestine. Countless stories about daily suffering and subjugation take place there, offering sad but true glimpses of the oppressive regime of the Israeli Occupation.

However, ‘Qalandiya’ as a place has other connotations that have been deliberately subjugated or totally erased over the years, but which, with a more intimate look, can still be uncovered. There is, for examples, the Qalandiya Airport (or the Jerusalem International Airport as it was initially called), Qalandiya refugee camp, and Qalandiya village (which the ‘Separation Wall’ has divided into two distinct parts). Qalandiya is therefore where many paradoxes meet. It was once the point of connection with the rest of the world, up until 1967, but has now become a key symbol of disconnection, isolation, segregation and fragmentation.

Qalandiya International has therefore chosen to utilise the name and its multilayered and contradictory meanings in an optimistic event that seeks to unpack the true Palestinian qualities to the international cultural scene, while giving the world a taste of the symbolic paradox presented by Qalandiya.




 

ABOUT QALANDIYA INTERNATONAL (QI)

Qalandiya International (QI) is collaborative contemporary art event that takes place every two years in Palestinian cities and villages. Founded in 2012, QI is the culmination of the vision and work of a number of prominent cultural and artistic institutions all over Palestine and abroad; all are focusing on contemporary art and its relation to the Palestinian cultural landscape. 

This year the event, in its third edition, is very unique, as it is the first time the Qalandiya International has expanded onto a global level to include collaborative art and spatial projects from different countries and cities around the world. From Gaza, Haifa, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and crossing over Palestine to reach Beirut, Amman and London, the aim is to create cultural links that challenge the enforced boundaries and unify the fragmented geography. By combining our energy and resources, QI will present substantial international collaboration through dozens of activities and programs, including a series of art and architecture exhibitions, as well as performances, film screenings, workshops and tours, all of which will open up channels for dialogue and exchange, both locally and internationally, and are conceived and produced as a single collective endeavor. More details can be found at: http://www.qalandiyainternational.org

This year’s theme for Qalandiya International is entitled ‘This Sea is Mine’. While crossing borders, we will contemplate the prospect of return and refuge beyond Palestine to include those who are displaced in and around the Mediterranean Sea. The sea will be a medium to navigate through. It presents a layer that can possibly bring to the surface the absent narratives of the contemporary diaspora, and the lives of the ordinary people for whom this discussion truly belongs.

With this in mind, a series of platforms will be created to incite debates at multiple levels and viewed through different lenses across the globe.With the idea of the ‘Sea’ becoming the medium of exploration and a possible new geography to heal and connect, QI London with over 25 contributors, artists, architects, spatial designers and filmmakers, will unpack the subject and its themes through works that are exhibited across 3 venues. 




 

LONDON DATES

5th October 2016: Opening Ceremony 
The University of Westminster 5.30 - 8.30 pm
35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS 
Room MG14

 
5th-30th October: Main Exhibition
The University of Westminster, 10am -8 pm
35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS 
Room M416 


12th October 2016: Film Screening and Talk 
Assemblage, Reel. Judy Price

The Logic of the Birds. Sarah Beddington
P21 Gallery 7-8.30 pm (Free Entry)

21 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD


15th October 2016: Film Screening  
The Promise. Peter Kosminsky. Part 1
P21 Gallery  4-7 pm  (Free Entry)

21 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD


22nd October:Film Screening   

The Promise. Peter Kosminsky. Part 2 
P21 Gallery  4-7 pm (Free Entry)

21 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD

 
26th October 2016: Film Screening and Talk 
White Oil. Judy Price

The Logic of the Birds. Sarah Beddington
P21Gallery 7-8.30 pm (Free Entry)

21 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD

 
29th October 2016: QI Symposium at Mosaic Rooms Free Entry. (Online registration. Limited Seats)

226 Cromwell Rd, London SW5 0SW

 
 

 

QI London