Jerusalem launch of A Blade of Grass

New Palestinian Poetry

Friday 27 August 2018, Al Ma'mal

The Palestinian launch [Part One] of the bilingual anthology was launched at Al Ma'mal in Jerusalem featuring readings by poets Maya Abu Al-Hayyat, Marwan Makhoul and Farid Bitar (Jerusalem/NYC) and it was followed by a Q&A session with the poets and editor Naomi Foyle (UK). 

Book table courtesy of THE EDUCATIONAL BOOKSHOP. A percentage of the profits to be donated to the legal funds of contributors Ashraf Fayadh and Dareen Tatour, both currently imprisoned, respectively in Saudi Arabia and Israel, on charges related to their poetry.

The event is organised in cooperation with Smokestack Books, UK 2017 and in partnership with Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre and the Educational Bookshop

Screening & Talk with Michael Rakowitz

In conversation with Jack Persekian

4 May 2018 , 7.00 pm, Al Ma'mal

Michael Rakowitz, an artist living and working in Chicago, presented recent work, finished and unfinished, in conversation with Jack Persekian.

Michael Rakowitz has exhibited his works worldwide, including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th & 14th Istanbul Biennials and had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern (London), Lombard Freid Gallery (NY), Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea (Torino), Rhona Hoffman Gallery (Chicago) and Kunstraum Innsbruch. He was honored many awards for his works which are also presented in major private and public collections. He was recently awarded the Fourth Plinth commission in London's Trafalgar Square which was unveiled this Spring. Rakowitz is Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.

The event is held in partnership with Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research, on the occasion of their first workshop with Michael Rakowitz.A talk 


Image (right-to-left): Rajai' Zacharia, Samia Halaby and George Al Ama in the Zacharia home in Bethlehem

Talk with George Al Ama

Nicola Saig exhibition programme

20 February 2018 , 6:30pm 

Al Ma'mal

A talk with researcher and collector George Al Ama about the discovery of artist Nicola Saig artworks and their importance in the history of Palestinian art. 


Photo: Garabed Krikorian, Tourists at the Dome of the Rock, ca. 1900

To Let Grass Grow Over a Matter 

Artist talk with Inas Halabi

25 October 2017, Al Ma'mal

Artist Inas Halabi was joined by Swiss curator Josiane Imhasly for a talk that discussed several key aspects of Halabi’s practice and research-based process, as well as her current solo show Letters to Fritz and Paul at Al Ma’mal.

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Garabed Krikorian, Tourists at the Dome of the Rock, ca. 1900

The Armenians in the Development of Photography in the Near East

A Talk by Joseph Malikian

6.30pm, 28 August 2017, Al Ma'mal, Jerusalem

2pm, 30 August 2017, Riwaq, Ramallah


The talk explores the reasons as to why Armenians played a dominant role and were considered to be pioneers in the newly invented photographic industry in the Ottoman Empire.  Drawing upon vintage images acquired for a newly formed archive, The Middle East and Armenian Photography Project (MEAPP), this presentation will highlight the work of the more prominent first generation Armenian photographers such as the Abdullah Freres, Pascal Sebah and Gabriel Lekegian who enjoyed tremendous success first in Constantinople and eventually in Egypt.  

Joseph E. Malikian has been engaged in the study of archival photographs as it relates to Ottoman and Middle Eastern history for the past ten years.  In 2011, he published The Armenians in the Ottoman Empire: An Anthology and a Photo Essay.  During the course of his research, he initiated an internationally based project (The Middle East and Armenian Photograph Project - MEAPP) which is devoted to the collection of vintage images of the Middle East around the turn of the 20th century, in addition to images by the Armenian photo studios from the 1850s to the 1960s. 

Benji Boyadgian

Artist talk

18 May 2017, Al Ma'mal

Benji Boyadgian takes the audience on a tour through his solo exhibition, The Discord. 

The idea of ‘discord’ stems from its geological definition. It is an attempt to look at the eroded ornamental tiles seen in ‘classical’ buildings in Palestine as the subject and core of the artistic research that lasted six years. Through a painting process of repetition and mutation of the patterns, the Discord dismantles the entangled layers and temporalities encompassing the story of those tiles.

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