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.


Martin Lebioda 

December 21, 2010 - January 14, 2011 

An exhibition of photographs from a workshop with Martin Lebioda, by Anas Dakak, Carmel Ghoul, Gharam Kiswani and friends. In cooperation with the Spafford Center

The search for and the finding of identity underlies what young adults do – they shape their own language, compete with each other and form cliché, they’re influenced by advertising and the media, they’re aimless at times and they have a personal, subjective, sometimes and even highly emotional perspective on the world they live in.

During the photography workshop “Diary” students adopted a way of conveying this conglomerate of emotions that others can follow and relate to – in the form of a photo – essay in their own (visual) language   - a photographic diary of several days in their lives


Martin Lebioda was born in Tichau (Poland) in 1975. From 1997 to 2003 he studied photography at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. He drew his artistic attention and interest to countries such as Afghanistan, India, UAE, Africa and Palestine, which he visited several times to accomplish free and commercial photographic series. The photographs of Martin Lebioda neither match the reportage nor the conceptional documentary photography. On his journeys he is using a method called “dérive” (to wander, or to divert) and is referring to the French situationists of the fifties. Since 2007 he is working as a freelance photographer for print media and companies abroad.

Statement: Martin’s attention, his camera, is often directed at situations that in itself seem to be indecipherable. They are visible to the naked eye and yet elude or resist a deeper meaning. I believe that my images, arranged next to each other, have an accumulative effect and thus reveal their own grammar necessary to be legible.