John Halaka’s drawings Landscapes of Desire are inspired by the ruins of Palestinian villages and homes that were destroyed by Israel during and after the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
In the course of a research trip for a story on Israeli art, New York-based critic and curator Mary Evangelista was introduced to a number of outstanding young Palestinian artists.
Direct from Palestine, Bethlehem artist Samar Ghattas’ paintings reflect on the nature of human relationships and the complex meanings of love. The paintings in Harmony use the emotional moments that take place between a couple, such as love, conflict, and jealousy, to represent all relationships on the face of the earth.
Until the 1950s and 1960s hand-crafted silver jewelry and beautifully embroidered costumes were widely worn in Bilad al-Sham, an area that included Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria. Now, for the first time, splendid examples of these pieces can be seen at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. Ellen Benson and Lynn Springer of the Bead Museum organized the exhibit; the items are largely drawn from the David and Marjorie Ransom collection.
Born in the Palestinian village of Reineh outside of Nazareth in 1959, Zahi Khamis emigrated to Europe and then to the United States in his early twenties.
In recent decades, the Christian community of Bethlehem has decreased dramatically from around eighty percent of the total population, to less than ten percent today. Since the construction of the Separation Wall, which divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem, and the twenty or so surrounding Israeli settlements, the situation of Bethlehem’s Christians has deteriorated such that many of the few remaining Christians, especially the young and educated, consider leaving their country as the only choice for their future.