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“Beyond the aesthetics" a Palestinian fashion exhibition - News

August 9, 2011
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Under the auspices of the Bank of Palestine, the Ethnographic and Art Museum at BZU opened the exhibition "Beyond aesthetics," the Palestinian fashion exhibition on 27 June 2011, in an attempt to discover the symbolic dimensions of the Palestinian costume, and how to use it as instruments of communication and social networking. The exhibition highlighted the use of color, images and shapes in the displayed pieces as tools for delivering messages, related to the Palestinian reality and life until mid-twentieth century.


The Museum’s Founder, Ms. Vera Tamari, expressed her pleasure to inaugurate the exhibition, underscoring the role played by BZU to embrace these heritage collections, where the dresses were purchased since more than thirty years. Tamari added: "the exhibition addresses the different concepts and ideas that are manifested in various costumes and pieces.”


The Public Relations Director at the Bank of Palestine, Thaer Hamayel, believed that the sponsorship of this exhibition comes under the social responsibility of the Bank of Palestine, and its sponsorship of Palestinian culture.




Exhibition Statement:


Beyond Æsthetics, is an exhibition showcasing the Ethnographic and Art Museum’s Palestinian Costume and Tawfiq Canaan Amulet collections, curated on the basis of the visual symbolism and communication as seen in both collections. It aims to elaborate on how the potentials and possible attitudes, when exhibiting and studying ethnographic collections in a visual context, are virtually unlimited.   With this approach, the Museum hopes to surpass the stiffness of nostalgia and conservatism which seem too often to confine and limit discourse and imagination when cultural heritage is in question. This exhibition comes as part of the 2011 series of events organized by the Museum aiming to bring the contemporary visual arts program closer to the University’s local community as well as to society as a whole, which in turn stresses on the importance of unconfined artistic practice and interaction.



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