About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

23 Mar 2024
13:00 - 17:30

Symposium: Stressing Solidarity - Witnessing Palestine through Art and Architecture

Against the ongoing atrocities and massive annihilation of lives in Gaza, Framer Framed invites you to join Stressing Solidarity: four gatherings on Palestine in collaboration with the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam), De Appel, and Disarming Design from Palestine and Kunsthal Gent. Together with artists and academics, the series aims to foster connections with the Palestinian struggle and create a platform to consider implications on the future of Palestine.

The symposium initiated by the Teach-in Series workgroup of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (University of Amsterdam) on 23 March 2024 at Framer Framed attends to the arts and cultural heritage amid the ongoing genocide in Palestine. The symposium foregrounds the resilience and steadfastness of Palestinian artists, who hone their practices of archiving, witnessing, re-membering and reconstructing as tools of resistance. The accelerated destruction of treasured historical monuments, cultural centers and libraries and the day-to-day restrictions on artists and cultural activities represent a profound assault on the soul of a people, to which the world is yet to fully bear witness.


13:00 – 14:40
Panel Destruction and Restoration of Palestinian Heritage
Moderator: Chiara de Cesari
Arna Mačkić,
Ali T. As’ad and
Khaldun Bshara.

15:00 – 15:30
Sound Performance: Karmel Sabri
Moderator: Qais Assali

15:30 – 17:30
Panel Visualising Resistance as Artistic Practice: Recognising Palestinian Life
Moderator: Ilga Minjon
Aisha Mershani,
Qais Assali and
Karmel Sabri.

Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS, Amsterdam

The symposium is supported by Decolonial Futures and the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture at the University of Amsterdam.

Register here

Other Gatherings

Performance: Caer Ascendiendo (Fall Ascending)
Wednesday, 20 March 2024
Location: De Appel
Full programme: Housewarming: Activations for a new location

Symposium: On artist-run solidarity platforms
Thursday, 21 March and Friday 22 March 2024
Location: Kunsthal Gent, Belgium
Full programme: Artist-run Solidarity Platforms

UvA teach-in: Witnessing Palestine Through Art
1-3pm, Friday, 22 March 2024
Location: University of Amsterdam, UvA OMHP D.008
With: Aisha Mershani,
Qais Assali and
Karmel Sabri.

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

Palestine / Colonial history / Art and Activism / Middle East / Political Climate /


Ilga Minjon

Curator, researcher, and educator

Qais Assali


Aisha Mershani

Professor, Researcher

Chiara De Cesari

Professor, Researcher

Khaldun Bshara


Karmel Sabri

Ali T. As’ad

Ali T. As’ad 

Researcher, curator, and architect

Arna Mačkić