The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

Applications are currently closed.

Emily Jacir

Emily Jacir used her 2002 residency at Al Ma’mal to create an artwork inspired by the very personal idea of displacement endured by so many Palestinians. Where We Come From/(Im)mobility is based on the artist’s “freedom of movement” as a Palestinian with an American passport. Jacir utilized her passport to access Palestine for Palestinians who are denied the freedom to go to their own homeland and/or to move freely within it. She sent out a call for requests – what can I do for you that you cannot? With her “golden ticket” (a.k.a. U.S. passport), Jacir moved freely through the country, circumventing barriers and to carry out people’s wishes. In the very act of connecting people to their homeland by fulfilling their requests and wishes, Jacir’s work also calls attention to and documents their disconnection.

Jacir’s desire is to shed light on the absurdity of displacement by highlighting the adversities exiles must contend with over things that most take for granted.  In so doing, the artist reassembles the fragments of diaspora. Jacir identifies with the subjects by acting out their wishes (gestures), thus becoming an extension of their will, in a way becoming them. It is in this way that her work reflects on the mobility of exile itself as a shifting form of identification, drifting from geographical displacements to psychic splits to moral contradictions. (Jack Persekian)


Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1970. Lives and works in Ramallah and New York. Jacir earned MFA from the Memphis College of Art. 
Solo exhibitions include the A Space Gallery, Toronto; Galerien Der Stadt Esslingen Am Neckar, Germany; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; O-K Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; and University Gallery, Sewanee Tennessee. She has participated in several group exhibitions including the touring exhibition Veil (produced by the Institute of International Visual Arts); Unjustified, Apex Art, New York; Submerged, Kunstbunker Nuremberg, Germany; Made in Transit, Vacancy Gallery in New York; and Ekbatana, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.