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Birzeit University Museum Organizes Lecture

April 18, 2012
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On 2 April 2012, BZU Museum hosted Professor of Visual Art at the University of San Diego John Halaka who delivered a lecture titled: “Forgotten Survivors: Reflections on Palestinian Landscapes of Desire and Denial.” This lecture is part of the Museum’s activity program for 2012 which aims to present visual and contemporary art to the Palestinian community in general and to the BZU community in particular. It is also a part of the Museum's initiative to encourage research within artistic practices and their connection to the various social transformations.

Professor Halaka discussed the development of his recent artwork and the relationship between his drawings and documentary film projects. The lecture included a reading for an art project, which delves into collective memory and considers its symbolic and visual manifestations on a collection of artworks.

Halaka is a visual artist, documentary filmmaker and a professor of visual art at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 1991.  He is currently a Fulbright Research Scholar, as well as an affiliate scholar at the American University of Beirut.  He is presently residing in Lebanon, where he is developing a documentary video/oral-history/drawing project informed by the diverse experiences of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. His project is entitled: “Portraits of Desire and Denial.”

A selection of Halaka’s paintings and drawings can be viewed on his website:

Information about his film projects and archives of video interviews can be found on



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