Sea of StoriesOpening: October 5, 2016
Dates: October 5 – October 31, 2016
Location: Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut
Where should the ships sail after the last shore?
The inauguration of Qalandiya International III in Beirut, Sea of Stories explores the displacements and imagined returns of the Palestinian community in Lebanon throughout the Mediterranean Sea. The Palestinian experience and imagination has travelled the Mediterranean, temporarily setting anchor in several of its ports, and perpetually seeking the route back to Palestine. In the words of Palestinian poet Tawfiq Zayyad, Palestinians have continued to ‘plow the sea’ in a relentless effort to return.
Sea of Stories seeks to explore those journeys and trace these routes, opening a space for conversation on what return means for today’s Palestinian community in Lebanon. It sets sail from the ports of Tripoli, Beirut, Sidon and Tyr to retrace the journeys of people, ideas, narratives, and objects across the Mediterranean.
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