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.

Geography Torn

Mohammed Musallem

The paintings of “Geography Torn” are particularly striking when taken in that quiet and welcoming context: they are violent, stark contrasts of bone white and blood red, the tortured body of the land scorched and laid bare, its borderless unity shattered. The fractured geography that Musallam reveals through his paintings, interspersed with bits of news clippings, like so many remnants of futile words and letters written that did not prevent the descent into division, is not just one of the physical, material realms. It is also and above all a geography of the minds and souls, a metaphor for the deep mental divides that exist both between the people of Gaza and their neighbors, and within the Palestinian people itself. This dimension is also palpable in the artist’s simple and efficient installations.

Yet there is an indomitable sense  of hope and optimism in the painter’s artistic expression, the notion that geography, as torn as it may be today, will always trump human designs, and that the land, whether that of the earth or of the mind, has its own enduring purpose that will come around before the end.


Mohammed Musallam, a Palestinian artist, was born in Gaza is 1974. He studied at Al Najah University in Nablus, where he obtained his B.A. degree, before moving to Helwan University in Cairo to pursue his M.A in Painting. Musallam's art focuses on the theme of humanity and the paradoxes related to it.