We made a video about Lebanon.
 

     


1) Large screen best
2) Select highest quality
3) Full screen
4) Iphone: Turn
5) Volume loud
6) Captions on

     


︎ Click here for video & resource doc

As part of the @artistfundraiser4beirut, LIFTA joined artists around the world in a 24-hour live stream fundraiser for organizations involved in immediate relief efforts in Lebanon. We created a multimedia video featuring those on the ground and in the Diaspora, sharing mini portraits of the revolution and the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut. Paired with the video is a resource doc, which you can follow to find credits, trusted donation pages, and expanded learning materials related to vulnerable + disproportionately impacted communities (refugees, migrant domestic workers, LGBTQ+, etc.), the economic crisis, colonialism and Lebanon's government, rebuilding efforts, and more. You can find the video and resource doc by clicking here! We recommend watching the video on full screen at the highest playing quality with captions on. If watching from your phone, please turn the screen and keep volume on high.

It's important to note that before the explosion, people in Lebanon were already protesting for the downfall of its corrupt political elite, while at the crossroads of an economic crisis (the Lebanese pound lost 86% of its value in one year + half of the population is living in poverty), a famine (food prices have risen 55%),* a refugee crisis (Lebanon hosts 1.7 million Palestinian and Syrian refugees who are treated subordinate), and migrant domestic workers crisis (victims of the neo-slavery kafala system experiencing unpaid labor, illegal evictions and abandonment from employers and embassies).

Coupled with the preexisting circumstances, migrant domestic workers (MDW) in Lebanon are disproportionately affected by the August 4th explosion. Lebanon hosts an estimated 250,000 MDW from African and Asian countries who are bound to their employer by the kafala system, an exploitive migration sponsorship system that allows the employer full control of its employees' entrance and exit of Lebanon, as well as transferring employment.
This employment framework creates a dangerous working culture that leads to passport confiscation, long working hours, psychological + physical + sexual abuse, restrictions on communication, food deprivation, and more. There are still a number of MDW who have been missing since August 4th.

There are several trusted organizations working directly with MDW on the ground who we encourage you to follow, share, and donate to if you have the means. Egna Legna Besidet (@egnalegna) is an Ethiopian-domestic-worker-run organization that assists domestic workers and helps them to leave dangerous situations. They are fundraising for immediate relief including 'medical aid, food, shelter, and clothing for domestic workers of all nationalities'. This is Lebanon (@thisislebanon961) is a project working towards abolishing the kafala system that is fundraising for the expatriation of MDW who have been abandoned by their embassies and employers. Lovette Jallow (@action4humanity_se) is helping MDW on the ground with shelter, food, and repatriation (we HIGHLY recommend watching her recent highlight Kafala/Lebanon). Anti-Racism Movement (@armlebanon) runs three migrant community centers across the country and is accepting general donations as well as repatriation-specific donations at the link in their bio.

We'd like to thank everyone involved in helping us put together the video, as well as the organizers of @artistfundraiser4beirut

*The statistics of this paragraph were sourced from @theslowfactory

Lifta       

Volume 1








Future
Palestine





︎Lifta Volume I Future Palestine


$24.99 + Shipping
DELAYED DUE TO COVID-19, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 2020
STAY TUNED! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

A book centred upon the theme of Future Palestine. Volume I features work from emerging and award-winning writers, poets, architects, curators, researchers and artists from Palestine and its diaspora.

650 grams / 1.43 pounds

Paperback + foil
Flat-lay binding
English, Spanish and Arabic submissions

170mm width / 240mm height 
Limited print run, printed in Mexico City

Lifta 




CONTRIBUTORS

 

     


︎ LEENA ABOUTALEB  


Aboutaleb is an Egyptian-Palestinian ghost raised between Baltimore and Kuwait and currently pursuing a graduate degree in Media and Strategic Communications at George Washington University in DC. 

︎ DIMA SROUJI  

A Palestinian architect working in interdisciplinary research-based projects, Srouji's work explores intersectionalities of art and architecture through critical cartography, historic strata and issues of place. She's the founder of Hollow Forms.

︎ TURBO  

Turbo, founded in 2015 by designers Mothanna Hussein and Saeed Abu-Jaber, is a multidisciplinary visual art and graphic design studio based in Amman, Jordan.  

︎ ADELE JARRAR  

Adele Jarrar is an independent art, architecture and visual culture writer.

︎ KARIM KATTAN  

In 2014, Karim Kattan co-founded El-Atlal, an international residency in Jericho for artists and writers. His first collection of short stories, Préliminaires pour un verger futur, was published in 2017 by Elyzad. He writes and lives between Bethlehem and Paris, where he is also completing a PhD in comparative literature.

︎ SELMA DABBAGH   

Selma Dabbagh is a British-Palestinian writer of fiction, based in London. She is the author of the novel Out of It (Bloomsbury).

︎ LAURA TIBI   

Laura Tibi's research focuses on modern Arab art and its various intersections with colonial histories, gender politics and nation building. Tibi is pursuing her Master's degree in Art History at the University of Toronto with a focus in architecture and visual studies.

︎ NASRIN HIMADA   

Himada is a Palestinian writer and curator residing on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg. Their writing has appeared in The Funambulist, Fuse Magazine, and MICE Magazine, among others. They are the assistant curator at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.

︎ RODRIGO HASBÚN 

The author of two novels and three collections of short stories, Rodrigo Hasbun's work has been translated into twelve languages. Hasbún is a Bolivian writer of Palestinian descent.

︎ MIRNA BAMIEH  

Mirna Bamieh is an artist and cook from Jerusalem. She uses storytelling and food to create immersive art projects such as the Potato Talks Project and the Palestine Hosting Society.

︎ SAMIA HALABY 

Samia Halaby, born in Jerusalem in 1937, is a visual artist, scholar and activist. Rounding out her sixth decade as a painter, she continues to explore abstraction and its relationship to reality.

︎ HAZEM HARB   

Hazem Harb, born in Gaza in 1980, is an artist primarily concerned with the historical past of his country and its place today. Harb's work has been collected by numerous institutions, from The British Museum to Sharjah Art Foundation to Centre Pompidou. He lives between Rome and Dubai.

︎ HANEEN ADI   

Haneen Adi is a professor of literature at Birzeit University.

︎ ALIA AL-SABI  

Alia Al-Sabi is a curator and researcher based in Brooklyn.

︎ LENA MANSOUR   

Co-founder of the Haifa Independent Film Festival (HIFF), Lena Mansour also works in cultural management, production and writing. She is based in Haifa.

︎ FAIQ MARI   

Mari is an architect currently teaching at Birzeit University. His work explores the potential of architecture as a tool of social and political investigation and transformation.

︎ JENAN ISMAIL   

Jenan Ismail is a Palestinian artist and designer based in Sharjah, UAE.

︎ HELGA TAWIL-SOURI 

Helga is an associate professor in the departments of Media, Culture and Communication and of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.

︎ HANI AMRA   

Hani is an artist from Jerusalem who studied art in France. His work is widely exhibited in Palestine and across the world.

︎ FARAH MOUSA 

Farah Mousa was born to Palestinian parents in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With time, she’s grown more and more passionate about engaging with Palestine on a local and international scale.

︎ AAU ANASTAS

AAU Anastas is the architecture studio of Elias and Yousef Anastas, based between France and Palestine.

︎ OROUBA OTHMAN

Orouba holds a BA in Arabic and Media, as well as a Masters degree in Israeli Studies at Birzeit University. She's interested in comparative studies of settler colonialism, cultural studies, archives and memory.

︎ DIBA FARAHMAND-RAZAVI

Diba is the founder of Gharib, an Iranian diaspora magazine.

︎ SULAFAH AL-SHAMI

Sulafah is a human rights campaigner, freelance translator and part-time art agent based between Amman and Beirut.

︎ XO

XO is the alias of a Palestinain performance artist from Tashiha.
︎ AL HIRRA AL SAWDA 

Al-Hirra Al-Sawdaa' is the alias of a cultural manager from Haifa who lives in Berlin. 

︎ LINA MERUANE 

Lina Meruane is an award-winning Chilean writer, who has authored several non-fiction books, four novels and a host of short stories. She teaches at New York University.

︎ NIHAYA ABU RAYYAN

A writer, teacher, consultant and a narratologist, Nihaya is vitally interested in liberation psychology, community work and developing forms of practice relevant to indigenous culture. Throughout her thirteen years of practice, she's trained in a range of approaches in narrative therapy, psycho-drama, group analysis and CBT.

︎ ABDULLAH HINDASH   

Hindash is a Palestinian-Macedonian writer and researcher.

︎ ALIA GILBERT  

A multidisciplinary writer, researcher and vocal performance artist, Alia is focused on the intersection of Islamic mysticism, science, healing and futurism.

︎ AMJAD HAJYASSIN   

Hajyassin is a Palestinian novelist based in Brooklyn, New York.

︎ ALA YOUNIS  

Research is at the center of Ala Younis's practice, as is curating, collaboration, film and book projects. She lives and works in Amman.

︎ WAFA ALKHADRA 

Alkhadra is an associate professor and academic activist currently serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Communication at the American University of Madaba.

︎ AHMAD AIYAD

Ahmad Aiyad is a designer, artist and researcher working between Cairo and Berlin. 

︎ MOMTAZA MEHRI

Momtaza Mehri is a poet and essayist. She is the co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Poetry International, Real Life Mag and BBC Radio.

︎ SAM SMITH

Sam Smith is a freelance editor and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. They are active in decolonial and decarceral struggles there and in the Southwestern US borderlands. 

︎ MUQATA’A 

As one of the first Palestinian artists to play and promote hiphop, he was a founding member of the Ramallah Underground collective, and continues to promote the culture through parties and releases, celebrating creativity in the face of adversity.

︎ MAKIMAKKUK

Makimakkuk is a songwriter, MC, DJ and producer based in Ramallah. 

︎ OMAR ALHASHANI

Raised in Saudi and born in Beirut, Omar is the founded of Khabar Keslan and an editor of multiple issues of the Arab Studies Journal. He's worked on the Arab Studies Institute's Knowledge Production Project.

︎ JORGE RODRIGUEZ SOLORZANO 

Jorge holds a degree in French Literature from Reed College. He's worked as a translator of English, Spanish and French. He's the co-founder of moly, a multilingual journal. 

︎ WAFA HOURANI 

Wafa Hourani is an artist living between Ramallah and Dubai, working with a variety of media such as film, photography, installation, sculpture, performance, music, and poetry.

︎ MAY SHIGENOBU 

May is a Palestinian-Japanese journalist and fixer living in Beirut.

︎ JACK PERSEKIAN 

Jack Persekian is an artist and curator. He's the founder and director of Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art and Gallery Anadiel in Jerusalem.

︎ LINA HEGAZI

A human rights defender with a focus on digital activism and mental health, Lina is also a cultural organizer who works with galleries and artists inside Palestine.

︎ JULMUD 

Julmud is a producer, percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist and MC based in Ramallah. He creates, composes and combines sounds from around the world to make non-generic forms of new music.

︎ REEM KHATIB

Reem Khatib is a sophomore from Jerusalem, studying English literature with a minor in translation at Birzeit University.

︎ SEJAA ALTAWEEL

Sejaa is a bookworm who is passionate about languages and literature.

︎ OMAR MUSTAFA

Omar Mustafa is an electrical engineering student from Lifta studying at Birzeit University. He enjoys reading, writing and sports.

︎ RUBA AL-SWEEL

Ruba is a cultural consultant, editor and writer on a range of sociocultural topics whose words can be found in VICE and Canvas Magazine.

︎ LEILA PEINADO

Leila is a multidisciplinary designer and co-founder of LIFTA and BLZE Studio. She designs LIFTA and has previously worked with Brownbook, Vitra Design Museum and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

︎ RASHED A. DEIRI

Rashed is a writer, editor, creative director and co-founder of LIFTA. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. He lives in London.

︎ AMIRA ASAD

Amira is a co-founder of LIFTA, as well as a writer, editor and curator. She is the managing editor of ‘Diaspora of the Middle East and North Africa’ (Lars Müller Publishers, 2019). She recently co-curated the ‘Mudun: Urban Cultures in Transit’ exhibition, which traveled to the Vitra Design Museum and Architectural Association School of Architecture.

MASTHEAD

 

     


︎ Amira Asad / co-founder
︎ Leila Peinado / co-founder
︎ Rashed Al Deiri / co-founder
︎ Ruba Al-Sweel
︎ Abdullah Hidash
︎ Lena Mansour
︎ Jorge Rodriguez Solorzano
︎ Sulafah Al-Shami
︎ Omar Alhashani
︎ Diba Farahmand-Razavi
︎ Sam Smith
︎ Momtaza Mehri
︎ Orouba Othman 
︎ Riyad Tabbal
︎ Ahmad Aiyad


     

THANKS 


Sultan Al-Qassemi, Hashem Montasser, Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Tulip Hazbar, Farah Sabobeh, Hashem Montaser, Zein Majali, Rami Sarafa, John Burns, Tom & Kathy Kuhlmann, Perrier Nils, Brian Cornish, Ramia Cornish, Soraya Beheshti, Persia Behesthi, Ana Kuhlmann, Sandy Peinado, Ildiko Benko, Sultan Asad, Samuel Peinado, Mohammed Abdallas, Sara Feierstein, Kaity Whipple, Juhayna and Zafer Husseini, Contributors, Staff, Private Donors

     


ADDITIONAL SUPPORT


LIFTA is a non-profit.
Supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation