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Subjective Atlas of Palestine


The Subjective Atlas of Palestine is an initiative of the Department for Democratisation and Peacebuilding of ICCO in the Netherlands and Dutch designer Annelys de Vet. The publication, that started with a workshop was made possible in close collaboration with the International Academy of Arts, Palestine. In April 2007 three Dutch designers and an artist visited the Academy to work with more than two dozen Palestinian designers, artists, photographers, architects and students.

Palestinian artists, photographers and designers have mapped their country as they see it. Given their closeness to the subject, this has resulted in unconventional, very human impressions of the landscape and the architecture, the cuisine, the music and the poetry of thought and expression. The drawings, maps and photographs reveal individual life experiences. The contributions give an entirely different angle on a nation in occupied territory. In this subjective atlas it is the Palestinians themselves who show the disarming reverse side of the black-and-white image generally resorted to by the media.