QALANDIYA INTERNATIONAL 2016



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.