A Post-Territorial Museum

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

Ursula Biemann: We have had an ongoing discussion about the possibility of designing and experiencing post-territorial forms of a Palestinian cultural and political life. Half of the Palestinian population, about five million people, live outside of their home territory as refugees, mostly in adjacent states, but also scattered across the world. And those in Palestine live […]

Reflecting on Residencies

Winter 2012 | ArteZine

We asked six artists to share their stories.   Lotfi Nia Algiers > Dar Al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech La Fabrique des Traducteurs (The Translators’ Workshop) was a professional training program initiated by the Collège International des Traducteurs Littéraires (International College of Literary Translators) and supported by, among others, the Centre National du Livre (CNL, Paris) (National […]

In the 1970s, the Entirety of World Cinema with Leftist Coloring Passed through Algiers

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Saïd Benmerad, founder and director of several ciné-clubs in Algiers. From Algiers, where he continues to teach literature at the university, Saïd Benmerad revisits the singular world of ciné-clubs that prevailed in the years that followed the Algerian revolution. He was twenty years old, a cinephile and militant on the extreme left […]

Why Produce and Collect Photographs Not To Show Them?

Spring 2009 | ArteZine

A reflection on a photographic conversation from Burj al-Shamali camp. When I initiated a series of small summer workshops in six Palestinian camps in Lebanon in 2001 with photographer Simon Lourié, I never imagined that we would be going back and forth to the camps for four years, or that I would finally decide to […]

Talking with a Pioneer of Iranian-American Literature: An Interview with Nahid Rachlin

Summer 2007 | ArteZine

Conducted by Persis M. Karim   Nahid Rachlin came to the United States more than three decades ago as a wide-eyed young woman seeking a college education. Like many early Iranian immigrants, she came at a time when US-Iranian relations were positive and when the United States actively supported Mohammad Reza Shah and his policies. Iran […]

Return to Nature

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

In May 2006, the Israeli army evacuated a military fortress strategically located on one the highest hill at the southern edge to the Palestinian city of Beit Sahour in the Bethlehem region. The fortress, located on the line-of-water-divide that separates the arable lands of Bethlehem from the desert of the Dead Sea, has functioned to […]

“Ah, Nostalgia, Nostalgia…”

Spring 2008 | ArteZine

Daikha Dridi interviews Aziz Mihrab, founder of ciné-clubs in Casablanca and history teacher. Aziz Mihrab established and animated ciné-clubs as a trotskyite militant in Casablanca’s popular neighborhoods in the 1970s and 1980s. At 54 years of age today, he chose to sit in favorite café in Sidi Dernoussi, where on occasion he still screens films, […]

Silence of the Land

Winter 2010 | ArteZine

So, the stone falls on the city, the earth quakes and thus shakes our walls and our constructed certainties; nature bursts in on the citizen, who believes only in the assurances provided by human labor and by the political order or police. [1] SHEEP A friend [2] of mine once shared a story about his father who was […]

The Refugee-Industrial Complex: the QIZ in Jordan

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

In 1997, the U.S. established several Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) in Jordan and Egypt, where labor-intensive production (such as textiles and garments), were manufactured for tax-free export to the U.S., under the condition that the financial operation involved an 8% Israeli input. This neo-liberal initiative, aimed at the normalization of Arab countries with Israel by […]

Baghdad Offline

Spring 2010 | ArteZine

I probably made the right decision to rescue my family from the infernal sectarianism and hate that prevail in our society. I heard that the house where my family and I used to live was burned by the militias a few months after leaving the country. I heard many stories from my neighborhood; frightening stories. […]