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.  

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Samira Badran

Human Resistance was an exhibition of photographs in the 2009 Jerusalem Show: Jerusalem Syndrome. 

"One of the themes that astonish me in the crowded markets of Jerusalem is the important presence of the mannequins (plastic fashion models). For me, these figures play the role of the protagonist in relation to the ‘Jerusalem syndrome’. Although their place of origin is China, they have completely adapted and acquired the reality of the city of Jerusalem. The mannequins’ current state mirrors the city’s own state of deterioration, with a potent expression of loss and sadness. I have observed how the passage of time has left its mark on these phantasmal figurines as they change, mutate and transform. In addition, I am interested in the shop owners’ ability to modify periodically the mannequins’ expressions and look, passing from the feminine to the masculine, according to their business requisites. Their aspect is a testimony to the harsh economic reality and the confinement of the Palestinian people.

I have been following some of these figures and their traces; photographing them many times over years. Their presence for me is a metaphor, reflecting the reality of our situation." 


Samira Badran was born in 1954 in Libya to an artistic Palestinian family. She studied at the Cairo University Fine Arts College, and at the Florence Fine Arts Academy. Badran was active in the Palestinian art scene in the late 70’s and 80’s.In 1980 she undertook a mural painting project at Belgium’s Liége University. Badran received a degree in etching and painting in 1982. She has exhibited in Jerusalem, Ramallah, at the London Barbican, in Paris, Spain, in a number of Arab countries, and at the Washington Museum of Women in the Arts. She now resides in Spain. Her works are filled with an “explosive anger characterized by a savage psychodrama of paint.”