The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

All That is Unknown

Mohammed Joha and Hazem Harb

November 25 - December 15, 2011

Human kind’s fears; the fear from each other as well as the fear of the unknown future, are like the straw that will eventually break the camel’s back. The fears as well as humanity’s inclination to choose harm and ways of darkness has forced us to build towering walls of a geographical and psychological nature; endless walls whose only motivation is that of separation. The new painting series titled “Unknown” from the Gazan artists Mohamad Joha and Hazem Harb reflect these ideas in particular to the Palestinian situation since 1948 that has brought about a displaced people through very forced and strategic plans on part of the occupier.

Returning to the story of Adam and Eve, and in particular to the tale of their sons Cane and Abel, with the first murder of one brother by the second. Since that time, human kind chooses evil ways and harm, through thought-out plans and deviant methodologies; thus, the ideology of darkness has become a complex impression and an unknown object. And that’s because of the unclear vision of the human conscious and their intentions to each other. Humans build towering walls between them, closing doors on themselves and leaving negative beliefs, values and ideas to expand inside them until these develop into what we now see today as actual walls of concrete that are as high as the motives for separation of a psychological and geographical nature and as long as country borders and boundaries of time.

Mohammed Joha was born in Gaza in 1978. He has been painting since 1995 and graduated with a BA in Art Education from Al Aqsa University in Gaza City and participated in the Khaled Showman Summer Academy at Daret Al Fonoun in Amman, Jordan. He currently lives and works in Italy. More information can be found here.

Hazem Harb was born in Gaza in 1980 and currently lives between Rome, Italy and Dubai, UAE. Harb received a degree from the European Institute of Design in 2009 and addresses the issues of loss, war, trauma, and instability in his work. More information can be found on his website