Publication: Annelys de Vet

Subjective Atlas of Palestine

010 publishers, 2007 | Edited and designed by Annelys de Vet

Sublime landscapes, tranquil urban scenes, frolicking children; who would associate these images with Palestine? All too often the Western media show the country's gloomy side, and Palestinians as aggressors. It is this that makes identifying with them virtually impossible. If we are to relate to the Palestinians other images are needed, images seen from a cultural and more human vantage point.

English | 160 pp | 16,5 x 22 cm | paperback | 500 fc ill. | October 2007 | ISBN 978 90 6450 648 2 Order at: | Sales price € 16,50


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The Dutch designer Annelys de Vet invited Palestinian artists, photographers and designers to map 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, photographs, maps and narratives made for this atlas reveal individual life experiences, from preparing chickpeas to a manual on water pipe smoking, from historic dress to modern music. Pages containing humorous and caustic newspaper cartoons and invented Palestinian currency followed by colourful cultural diaries and moving letters from prisoners.

All in all, 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.

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.

International Academy of Arts, Palestine

ICCO, the Netherlands

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