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Launch of an Ode to a Palestinian Think Tank

  • 1764 Litchfield Turnpike Woodbridge United States (map)

Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata created a limited edition of a silkscreen print is being launched in Woodbridge, CT on April 14, 2019 – one of only two venues where it will be available in the US – and is offered at the exceptional price of $2,000. Titled Qasida, the print’s geometric components mirror the rhythmic structure of the classical Arabic ode. The proceeds are going to support Al-Shabaka’s mission.

The artist dedicated this work to Al-Shabaka due to his belief in its unique role in establishing a platform for solid Palestinian analysis and debate across borders and walls, helping to transform the difficulties of dispersal into an intellectual force.

You are cordially invited to the launch reception, where the print will be on display and available for purchase. Al-Shabaka Board President Nadia Hijab will make a short presentation to mark the occasion and reflect on the progress made in the decade since Al-Shabaka was launched.

Catering is offered by Rawa, which leads in Mediterranean fusion cuisine in the heart of New Haven, CT from their trademark "pitzas" to the freshest salads and dips in town.


About Qasida

The silkscreen edition is hand-printed on acid-free MultiArt Silk, 400 gr. and produced in the studios of Martin Samuel in Berlin, Germany in a limited deluxe edition of 50, titled, dated, numbered and signed by the artist with ten artist’s proofs noted in Roman numerals.

About Kamal Boullata

The award-winning Palestinian artist and writer Kamal Boullata was born in Jerusalem. In her review of his book Palestinian Art From 1850 to the Present, British art critic Jean Fisher wrote, “Kamal Boullata’s magnum opus stands alongside the works of Mahmoud Darwish and Edward Said as a testimony to a Palestinian generation that refused to relinquish its faith in a just and radical humanism.”

Public collections holding Kamal Boullata’s paintings, prints and artist books include the British Museum, London; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Patronato de la Alhambra Islamic Museum, Granada; Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman; New York Public Library, New York; and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Centre Canadien d’Archtecture, Montreal and the Palestine Museum US.

About Al-Shabaka

Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network was founded in 2009 and is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It draws upon the knowledge and experience of the Palestinian people, whether under occupation, in exile, or in Israel, so as to engage the broadest spectrum of perspectives in debate on policy and strategy to promote freedom, justice, and equality.