Multi-media exhibit documents Bay Area Palestinian community

The San Francisco Public Library will host “Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay” an exhibit by Palestinian photographer Najib Joe Hakim. “Home” combines photography and recorded oral histories to tackle the question, “What does it mean to be Palestinian in America?”

Fabric of Resistance

During the First Intifada, when Israeli soldiers confiscated the flags of Palestinian women protesting in the streets, the women responded by embroidering the Palestinian flag and silhouettes of the country in endless repetition along the chests, sleeves, and back hems of their thobes (traditional Palestinian dresses). Samples of these politically charged ‘Intifada Dresses’ are on display through July 30 in Beirut, Lebanon as part of an ambitious survey featuring more than 60 embroidered items, as well as photographs, paintings, and graphic arts representing Palestinian textiles throughout history.

The Washington Post Reviews “Forbidden Colors”

After visiting “Forbidden Colors” on display at Gallery Al-Quds, Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post comments, “The work is by 33 artists, and varies as widely in quality and sophistication as Civilian’s rock-legend show. A few puckish entries render the flag, or its colors, in found objects: Rajie Cook uses painted cat-food cans, while Andrew Courtney’s photograph arranges eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and cauliflower.”

Forbidden Colors

Washington – Forbidden Colors, on view at the Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, is a free-for-all in the best of ways. Through 49 works in all media, 30 artists address artistic suppression, particularly the former Israeli ban on the use of red, green, black and white — the pan-Arab col­ours of the Palestinian flag. Every hue, topic and technique; every symbol, from poppies to keys, finds a place in the show. ‘I forbid you nothing,’ Dagmar Painter, cura­tor of the gallery, told artists in her invitation.