Lecture Announcement - Embroidery and the Intifada: dress and resistance in Palestine - ReSIA SOAS 30th January 2020

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Embroidery and the Intifada: dress and resistance in Palastine

with Dr Rachel Dedman, Jameel Curator of Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum

on Thursday 30 January 2020 from 5.30 pm to 7 pm

SOAS, 10 Thornhaugh St, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG Room 4426 (4th floor, Main Building)

Convenor: Professor Anna Contadini

Abstract: This talk examines the role of embroidered dress in Palestinian resistance. It traces Palestinian embroidery’s adoption as a symbol of national heritage after the 1948 Nakba, and its subsequent politicisation. During the First Intifada, 1987–1993, Palestinian flags and colours were banned in public, so ‘Intifada Dresses’ were made by women and worn at protests. Bearing motifs of doves, rifles, and symbols of political parties, the dresses rendered women’s bodies sites of resistance. For men in Palestine, embroidery became a licit practice only as political detainees in Israeli prisons; Palestinian militancy has long been marked and mediated by embroidery, for both genders.

For further inquiries please don't hesitate to contact Dr Tanja Tolar on tt30@soas.ac.uk.