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Framer Framed

'Sketch for exploring Zatar', Photograph, Collage on paper, 2022. Credit: Samah Hijawi

24 Apr 2024
18:00 - 20:00

A Blow to the Snake Here: A conversation around Indigenous and Palestinian struggles

Join us on 24 April for a dialogue between Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Indigenous activist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Palestinian artists Samah Hijawi and Yazan Khalili. In a talk moderated by curator Sara Giannini, they will discuss their own practices within the context of art and Palestinian-Indigenous struggle and solidarity.  

In A Blow to the Snake Here, published by Indigenous Solidarity with Palestine, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson reflects on parallels between Palestinians’ daily practices of resistance against settler colonialism, and Indigenous cultures of resistance in North America and elsewhere, calling for solidarity to end the occupation and colonisation of Palestine. As part of her residency at the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam (ATD), Framer Framed welcomes Leanne Betasamosake Simpson for a conversation with Palestinian artists Samah Hijawi and Yazan Khalili, in which they will touch upon the different and intimately related struggles for liberation.

Indigenous for Palestine (2023). Photo: John Paille

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, musician, academic and activist whose work engages with Indigenous ontology and resistance. Her residency at ATD addresses the need to bring Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into art, education and research in the Netherlands.

Samah Hijawi is a Palestinian multimedia artist, writer and researcher, who recently completed a PhD in which she explored deconstructing colonial representations of Palestine through performance and collage. In 2023 she joined as a tutor of DAS Theatre at the Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam.

Also joining the conversation is Yazan Khalili, an artist, architect and activist who lives and works in Palestine and Amsterdam. Currently a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), Khalili’s work focuses on unpacking historically constructed landscapes, using photography, drawings and the written word.

The talk is moderated by Sara Giannini, programme curator with the Amsterdam-based arts organisation If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution.

The conversation is organised in collaboration with Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture; Stichting Aralez; Lectorate, Academy of Theatre and Dance, Amsterdam University of the Arts (ATD); and AIR program (ATD).

Framer Framed is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; Municipality of Amsterdam; and VriendenLoterij Fonds.

Palestine / Conflict / Art and Activism / Middle East / Political Climate /


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