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.

Part Time Human

Scarlett Hooft Graafland

In Part Time Human, Hooft Graafland questions issues about the “real” Jesus in reaction to the overwhelming sale of Jesus figurines, while making reference to issues with which people suffering from the ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’ must deal. She created miniature figurines of sheep and Jesus heads made from natural olive soap, utilizing the same traditional soap-making methods produced in the Nablus soap factory. The artist filled the entire Gallery Anadiel floor with the sculptures, spreading groups of them throughout the gallery space. Visitors were therefore compelled to walk around and in between the flocks of sheep led by the Jesus heads. Restricted in movement, the visitor, like the sheep figurine, was also being ‘led’ with deliberate and effortless fashion. The sheep and exhibition visitors therefore merged together, a being one in the same, metaphorically speaking.

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Born in Maam, the Netherlands in 1973, Scarlett studied sculpture at the Minerva Academy in Groningen, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at the Hague, and participated in the Program for Young Artists in Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. More information can be found on her website.