Mirna Bamieh is an artist from Jerusalem/Palestine. She obtained a B.A in Psychology from Birzeit University in Ramallah (2002–06), an M.F.A. in Fine Arts at Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem (2011–2013) and participated in Ashkal Alwan Home Works study program in Beirut (2013/14).
Her work attempts to understand the politics of disappearance, questioning notions of land and geographies of in‐between temporality. Two years ago she obtained a Diploma in Professional Cooking. From this, she started to develop works using the medium of storytelling and food for creating socially engaged projects through her art practice, through which she aspires to create artworks where food/eating/sharing create an innovative, and fresh way for people to experience themselves and their surroundings, such projects are: Maskan Apartment Project, Potato Talks Project, and for the past three years, a full focus on Palestine Hosting Society.
She participated in a number of local and international shows and festivals, most recently: Sharjah Biennial 15/ UAE, 2023. Tashweesh Festival, Tanzquartier/ Vienna, 2022. Aesthetic of the Political festival, Bozart, Brussels 2020. Where no Wall Remains Biennial, New York 2019. Qalandiya International, Palestine (all editions). Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan 2017. Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo 2016, 2017. IFFR Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, 2017. Under the last sky Festival, Berlin, 2016. Halcyon, Transart Berlin Triennial, Berlin, 2016.
She participated in several international residencies such as Vooruit, Ghent 2020, U-jazdowski Castle for Contemporary Art, Warsaw/ 2019, Tokyo Wonder Site, (TOKAS), and Tokyo/ 2016. Art Omi, New York/ 2015. Maroc Artist Meeting residency, Marrakech/ 2016. Marra.tein, Beirut/2014–2015, Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Center, Nepal/ 2013. Delfina Foundation, London/ 2012. She received several grants and awards such as: CEC ArtsLink International/New York (Autumn 2020), Dr. Georg and Josi Guggenheim-foundation Award/Zurich (2022), Visible Award (long list), 2017. for Goethe Institute Production Grant, 2016.
Her work has been featured on many platforms, such as BBC, Aj+, Hyperallergic, MoMA Ps1, ArteEast, Chronogram, El Comodista, al Ahram, and Yale Theater magazine.
Dima Srouji is an architect and visual artist exploring the ground as a deep space of rich cultural weight. Srouji looks for potential ruptures in the ground where imaginary liberation is possible. She works with glass, text, archives, maps, plaster casts, and film, understanding each as an evocative object and emotional companion that help her question what cultural heritage and public space mean in the larger context of the Middle East as well as a focused lens on Palestine. Her projects are developed closely with archaeologists, anthropologists, sound designers, and glassblowers.
Srouji is currently the Jameel Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum and leading the MA City Design studio at the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Naseer Arafat is an architect, development, and planning specialist, who has indepth knowledge of archaeology, conservation, and cultural heritage of local soap production.
He has supervised several conservation and urban regeneration projects in Jerusalem, Nablus, Hebron, Ramallah, and a number of villages in Palestine and has gained international experience through study projects in London, Fez & Dar Al-Salam, and Stone Town in Zanzibar.
He led the architectural survey teams for the National Registrar of Historic Buildings in Palestine, part of the RIWAQ team. The work covered six major cities and more than 250 villages, it was implemented in cooperation with the various local authorities and technical support from the Ministry of Local Governance and the Ministry of Planning.
Naseer is the author of ‘Nablus, City of Civilisations’, published in 2012. Also producing a tour guide and map for the city of Nablus, published in 2022.
Naseer is currently working as the cultural heritage consultant of Universal Group for Engineering & Consulting on The Comprehensive Spatial Development Plan for the city of Nablus 2030, and also for the State of Palestine 2050 as well as co-running the Arafat Soap Factory Cultural Heritage Enrichment Center in Nablus. Information on soap production in Nablus presented in this book includes excerpts from the book ‘Nablus the City of Civilizations’, by Naseer Arafat, Published by Nablus CHEC, 2012.
ELIAS AND YOUSEF ANASTAS
We (Elias and Yousef) are partners at AAU ANASTAS architects, co-founders of LocalIndustries, co-founders of Radio alHara and co-founders of The Wonder Cabinet. The studio focuses on tying links between crafts and architecture at scales that vary from furniture design to territorial explorations. The studio has been advocating for a contemporary use of structural stone in architecture in Palestine and elsewhere. We have been particularly interested in the politics of stone use for low carbon footprint structures, more resilient cities and more responsible quarries' exploitation. We have co‑founded Radio alHara, a community based online radio that weaves unconventional nets of solidarities through sonic experiences. Linking hyper contextual conditions to create a new strengthened global critical discourse that has been at the intersection of all of our practices. Most recently we have launched the Wonder Cabinet, a space-based initiative in Bethlehem for cultural productions that gathers a community of artisans and artists, technical and artistic realms in the aim of producing a culture of global provincialism.