Sunday, April 15th, marked the opening of “Palestine: Unlimited,” the new photo exhibit in the Tower Entrance Gallery at Northminster. After the worship service, many came to view the works of 10 finalists from the Karimeh Abboud Award Competition hosted by Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. An exhibition booklet was available to provide information about the artists and images.
The reception in Logan Hall was crowded and representatives of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, the show sponsor, were there to share a brief video about the organization. Also, there was a drawing for a Karimeh Abboud DVD, as well as sales of matted prints. All proceeds go toward scholarships for the College of Arts and Culture at Dar al-Kalima University.
If you missed the opening, you will still want to make a special trip to see “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 Tower Gallery is open during office hours (9-4:30 M-F) and on Sundays until noon.
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? Come see through the lens of these photographers pictures of life in Palestine.
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.