lunedì 1 dicembre 2014

Women image and embroidery in Palestine Posters Archive

In early August, the nomination of a major collection of posters from the Palestine Poster Project Archives was accepted for formal review by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Memory of the World program. Palestine posters created by artists at the time of the first Intifada such as Ismail Shammout, Kamal Boullata, Sliman Mansour, Abdel Rahman Al Muzain, Burhan Karkoutly and  etc, provide a unique lens through which today’s audiences can gain insight into the attitudes and aspirations of people directly involved in the resistance as it emerged.

Women struggle and resistance throughout the years influenced a lot Palestinian artists and was apparent in many Palestinian posters. The main woman symbol taken for resistance was embroidery "Tatreez".

Tatreez (Palestinian embroidery) is a hidden form of resistance to Israeli attempts at economic, social and political subjugation. Women’s embroidery is one of few means of economic independence, neither dependent on Israeli contractors or its market. Embroidery is also a powerful means of expressing identity and making a connection with the Palestinian past prior to expulsion.

Thus this expression resistance it couldn't have been missed in the poster tradition is an exceptional element of Palestinian cultural heritage, and the posters themselves are important repositories of primary data. The  Women image in Palestine Poster Project Archives contain 278 posters in its “Palestinian women's traditional garments/embroidery/tatreez” Special Collection . Below is a selection of twelve posters from around the first year of the Intifada that provide a representative history of women struggle in traditional garments.

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