Al Ma'mal Talks Samia Halaby

Liberation Art of Palestine

10 April 2019

About the Talk


Samia Halaby, presents her book, Liberation Art of Palestine, which explores Palestinian Art as part of the struggle for Liberation. Halaby puts this art in context, explains its symbols, development and historical roots, and gives important insights into the Palestinian Conflict. The work focuses on two broad movements of Palestinian art, one in the liberation movement in Lebanon during the 1970s and the other which grew in the first Intifada. Halaby explores how Palestinian Art has been shaped by material conditions and showcases its relation to the visual forms produced by Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism and the Mexican mural tradition, all of which reflect a revolutionary base. As Halaby states, "The whole point of this book is to illustrate and explain that the true art of Palestine rests on the Palestinian struggle for liberation."


Samia Halaby, 1936, Jerusalem 

Samia Halaby is a leading abstract painter and an influential scholar of Palestinian art. She is recognized as a pioneer of contemporary abstraction in the Arab world. Halaby’s work has been exhibited around the world. Samia Halaby has also taught at universities throughout the United States, and her writings on art have been published both in scholarly journals as well as in independent books. 


Supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation through the ‘Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field’ Project, funded by Sweden 

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