Labour of Love

Curated by Rachel Deddman

Exhibition Tour: Thursday 4 October 2018

The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit

Intifada Dresses, 1987-1993, the collection of Tiraz: Widad Kawar Home for Arab Dress. From Labour of Love exhibition.

Thursday 4.10.2018

2.30 – 6.30 pm
Tour and Book Launch
Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian Embroidery Exhibition

the Palestinian Museum, Birzeit

Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian Embroidery sheds light on an aspect of Palestine’s material history, exploring the ways in which embroidery—although not traditionally associated with political power—has become a locus of agency for those who make it and wear it. Celebration of Palestinian heritage is often extolled as an act of solidarity, but what forms of solidarity do heritage practices address and produce? How do these intersect the problematics of gender, labour and class that the exhibition examines?

The Palestinian Museum is launching the book Labour of Love: New Approaches to Palestinian Embroidery with curator Rachel Dedman and contributors Dr. Tina Sherwell and Chiara De Cesari. Moderated by Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh.



2.30 – 3 pm:    Gathering at the Palestinian Museum
3 – 3.45 pm:    Tour of the exhibition Labour of Love how do we explain solidarity in Palestinian                                         embroidery? with curator Rachel Dedman.
3.50 – 4.40pm:Discussion with Rachel Dedman, Dr. Tina Sherwell and Chiara Di Sassari.

                         Moderated by Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh.
4:55 – 5.10:      the Palestinian Museum will honor Labour of Love exhibition donors, collectors, and 

                         catalogue contributors.  
5.15 – 6.30:      Reception at the Palestinian Museum, organised by the Palestinian Museum and A. M.

                         Qattan Foundation.

Friday 19.10.2018

2 –6 pm
Olive Picking

Family Day

The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit

Every autumn, the olive-picking season sees the resurgence of social solidarity and a return to the land. Families, children, and villages come together to help each other harvest the olives, representing the spirit of solidarity that has served as a hallmark of Palestinian social cohesion for decades.

The Museum invites you to participate in a day of Palestinian solidarity, filled with adventures related to the land. We will have a traditional Palestinian snack with tea and coffee on the terrace overlooking the Museum’s gardens, and will then harvest the olives, engage in conversation, and enjoy the value of teamwork.


Friday 19 – 21.10.2018

2 - 4 pm
Solidarity Revival

Workshop with artist Amer Shomali

The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit
The Museum invites you to participate in the Solidarity Revival workshop, to produce contemporary Palestinian posters that aim to renew Palestinian solidarity with oppressed peoples. The workshop extends over three days, using a participatory and interactive approach among those interested in formulating contemporary Palestinian visual discourse of solidarity, with people from all over the world, designers, and artists.

To register, please send an email explaining why you are interested in the workshop, include your technical skills if available, to:, registration is open until Monday15.10.2018

​© 2018 Qalandiya International

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