Qalandiya International (Qi) was founded in 2012 as a collaborative contemporary art event that takes place every two years across Palestinian cities and villages.
Qi aims to place Palestine on the world's cultural map by producing a series of art exhibitions, as well as performances, film screenings, workshops and tours, that open up channels for dialogue and exchange, both locally and internationally.
As a partnership between art and culture organizations, Qi works collectively to join forces in unifying a fragmented geography.
The upcoming edition 'This Sea is Mine' will cross the borders of Palestine to Amman, Beirut and London, contemplating return and refuge for Palestine and the region.
Qi2016 will run between 5 - 31 October.
Haifa | Gaza | London | Beirut | Amman
Jerusalem | Ramallah | Bethlehem
For the past decade, the word ‘Qalandiya’ has been associated with the infamous Israeli checkpoint that helps to confine the West Bank, disconnecting it from Jerusalem and the rest of the world. This checkpoint has been a significant presence both in the media and in the visual and literary works produced in and about Palestine. It is the setting for countless scenes of daily suffering and subjugation, and its stories offer sad but telling glimpses of the oppressive regime of the occupation.
However, ‘Qalandiya’ also has other connotations. Some of these have been deliberately blurred or totally erased over the years, but a closer look can uncover them: it recalls the now closed Qalandiya Airport, for example (or the Jerusalem International Airport as it was initially called), as well as the Qalandiya refugee camp, and Qalandiya village (which the wall has divided into two separate parts).
In all its senses Qalandiya is a meeting-place for contradictions. Until 1967, when its airport was taken over by the Israeli authorities, it was the West Bank’s key link with the rest of the world, but since the construction of the checkpoint in 2000 it has been a symbol of disconnection, isolation, segregation and fragmentation. Today, there are plans to build a settlement there.
Qalandiya International will utilize the name and its many meanings to bring together a series of events seeking to present a truer picture of Palestine to the international cultural scene, inviting audiences to share in the contradictory experiences embedded in the symbolic paradox of Qalandiya.