Palestine Unlimited

Palestine is a contested land. People everywhere watch Palestine, expectantly. Many share stories, images, interpretations and explanations, hoping to build a clearer picture of Palestine, hoping to make a positive contribution to the future of the country and its people.

Indeed, sometimes it seems that everyone has something to say about Palestine.

But do Palestinians themselves get to say what Palestine is about?

From April 15 – May 13, Northminster’s Tower Entrance Gallery presents “Palestine: Unlimited.” This exhibition is derived from a signature initiative of Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem: a call to the best young photographers of Palestine to share interpretations of their country and its people. Ten finalists from the Karimeh Abboud Award Competition – named for a pioneering 20th century Palestinian female photographer – help us break through icons and stereotypes, in order to experience Palestine as it really is.

The exhibit opening will be held on Sunday, April 15 in Logan Hall from 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Beth Nelson Chase, Executive Director of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, the show sponsor, will share a brief video about their organization. An exhibition booklet will be available to provide information about the artists and images.

About Karimeh Abboud

Born into a Lutheran pastor’s family in Bethlehem in 1894, Karimeh Abboud rapidly rose to prominence in a traditionally male-dominated profession, after receiving her first camera as a teenager. Her photos are important historical records of life in Palestine in the early 1900s. She had studios in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Haifa, and Jerusalem. The Karimeh Abboud Award Competition honors this pioneering 20th century Palestinian female photographer.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that partners to grow hope in Palestine by raising awareness, friends, and critical support for programs serving children, young adults, and seniors in the Holy Land. Visit www.brightstarsbethlehem.org to learn more about Bright Stars of Bethlehem.