Virtual Palestine: Videos from an existing reality


Wednesday, 8th May 2019 | 18:30 - 21:00


Dagmar Painter, curator 


Artists discussing Palestinian realities, whether they be in Palestine or the diaspora often confront a lack of hospitality towards exhibitions of their work, and some, such as those living in Gaza, have difficulty in showing work in the wider world, at all.

Thus, Virtual Palestine, in which artists are invited to address this existing reality through short films, featuring 8 short films in which 12 artists confront memories, create fantastical realities, and explore the polemics of the Palestinian situation. Each film will be accompanied by a short artist statement.


Dagmar Painter is an independent curator and director of Gallery Al-Quds in Washington DC.


Featured Films: 

Kite Kite - Vivien Sansour, Ayed Arafah

Political unrest was on the rise in summer of 2014 -So we decided to make a kite!


Meditation - Rajie Cook 

A graphic call to remember the continuing destruction of historic Palestine through Zionist settler colonial strategies that have been implemented for over one hundred years. 


I Come From There - Najib Joe Hakim 

This short video is a simple reflection on his journey from the shores of Jaffa, Palestine across the seas to America.


A Palestinian Woman - Andrew Courtney

This documentary short film brings the viewer close to the conditions isolating Palestinians within their communities. It is filmed next to the separation barrier that Israel continues to build in the occupied Palestinian territories.


Quench - Andrew Ellis Johnson, Susanne Slavick

Quench presents a sea and a wall - elements that loom large in our fears and desires. Partitioned zones of waves speak of division, especially among Israelis and Palestinians.


Truce Chick - Mohammed Musallam 

This film embodies the true story of us as Palestinians.  We love life and stick to the simplest things.

We Speak of Human Rights - Amr Mounib 

Humans leave words and images on the walls that enclose them, deny them, occupy and oppress them. Images that speak of resistance, and freedom, and human rights.  


Wish - Helen Zughaib, Amy Joseph 

The small, but universal, gesture of throwing a coin into a fountain, hoping your wish will come true.




Supported by: Y Galleri & The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds