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.
︎ 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, 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 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.
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 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 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.
︎ RASHED A. DEIRI
Rashed is a writer, editor, creative director and worked on LIFTA Volume I. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. He lives in London.
︎ AMIRA ASAD
Amira is an editor at LIFTA, as well as a writer 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.
︎ LEILA PEINADO
Leila is an editor and creative director at LIFTA and BLZE Studio. She has previously worked with Brownbook, Vitra Design Museum and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.