Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Visit Palestine

The Mosaic Rooms, London part of the AM Qattan Foundation located in Palestine
Ancient tomb in the town of Sebastia, West Bank
Boys playing footy near Roman Temple, Sebastia region, West Bank
Amphitheater Sebastia region, West Bank
My reality of the West Bank was different to the one I'd seen portrayed in the media. On arrival I was met with vast rolling hills, lined with neat olive groves and brilliant blue skies providing the backdrop for breathtaking views and some truly spectacular historical remains dating back to pre-Roman times.  My visit to Sebestia was in acute contrast to the bustling town of Ramallah where I dropped in on the AM Qattan Foundation in search of the contemporary art scene.   AM Qattan Foundation runs a vital Culture and Arts programme in Palestine and a young artist of the year award, open to artists under the age of 30 of Palestinian descent from any part of the world.   Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, an exhibition currently running until 21 April in their London space, the Mosaic Rooms, showcases a selection of work by the finalists for the 2010 award.  Conveniently located near to Earls Court tube, I highly recommend visiting the show to see first hand work previously exhibited in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  BBC's coverage of the award.

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