a needle in the binding, by Beatrice Catanzaro and Khalil Ashour (in collaboration with Niklas Fagerholm and Pedro Paiva), was an installation at the 2011 Jerusalem Show: On/Off Language. The prisoner’s book section of the Nablus Municipality Library hosts approximately 8000 books read by Palestinian political prisoners between 1967 and 1995. The projects consists in putting on display, over a period of 3 weeks, circa 200 books from the Prisoner’s Section and make them available to the general public at the Khalidi Library in the Old City of Jerusalem. A series of open talks will accompany the exhibition, in order to unfold the central role of books and self-organized education among Palestinian prisoners. The talks will be curated and moderated by Professor Esmail Nashif.
Beatrice Catanzaro is an Italian artist producing public interventions and relational based projects with a focus on social and political dynamics. Her works unfold in a range of media and creative strategies. Traveling and the possibility of weaving and juxtaposing cultural attitudes and imaginaries are crucial to her artistic practice. Beatrice has researched and produced works throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India, and has collaborated as a visiting artist with the Unidee Artists in Residency International Program at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto. Her work has been exhibited at international venues including Manifesta7 (at the MART Museum of Rovereto), Fundavao Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and the Espai d'art Contemporani de Castello (EACC) in Spain. Beatrice completed her BA in painting at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera, in Milan, and her MA in Public Art and New Art Strategies at the Bauhaus University in Weiman, Germany.