Palestinian Museum seeks stories from the diaspora

The Palestinian Museum’s call for participants in its planned exhibition, Never Part. (Arabic version available here)

The Palestinian Museum has put out a call to Palestinians living in the diaspora – especially those in the United States – to contribute to its inaugural exhibition.

The show, entitled Never Part, will go on display in April 2016. It will be composed of stories about objects which ordinary Palestinians living around the world love and cherish, emphasising the variety of life experiences which make up contemporary Palestinian history and identity.

According to a new call for contributions sent out this week, of more than two hundred interviews already conducted for the exhibition, none are from the US. As such, organizers hope that Palestinians living in the US will be inspired to send proposals – comprising an image of an object, a brief description and the story behind it – to npart at palmuseum dot org by 30 December. Interviews can then be conducted via Skype.

Construction of the Palestinian Museum began in spring 2014 in the occupied West Bank, near Birzeit. The museum’s website describes it as “devoted to celebrating, preserving and exhibiting the history, culture and society of modern and contemporary Palestine.”

In an interview with The Electronic Intifada, director and head curator Jack Persekian emphasized the place of Palestinians outside of occupied Palestine in the museum’s vision, saying that “one major component was to not just think about the museum as a location and a building, but to think about this museum as an institution that can serve Palestinians wherever they are.”

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Sarah is a freelance writer and editor, author of a biography of Leila Khaled and of the Bradt Guide to Palestine, co-editor of A Bird is Not a Stone (a volume of Palestinian poetry translated into the languages of Scotland), and a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked and traveled in Palestine since 2001.