Emily Jacir

Artist and Filmmaker

Jacir is primarily concerned with transformation, questions of translation, resistance and silenced historical narratives. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historical material, performative gestures, and in-depth research.

She has been actively involved in education in Palestine since 2000 and deeply invested in creating alternative spaces of knowledge production internationally. She is a co-founder and Executive Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem.and was the curator the Young Artist of the Year Award 2018 at the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah which she called “We Shall Be Monsters”. She is one of the founders and was a full-time professor at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah from 2007 – 2017 (when the Academy closed its doors) and she served on its Academic Board from (2006–2012). Jacir led the first year of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program in Beirut and created the curriculum and programming (2011-2012), she also served on its Curricular Committee from 2010-2011. Between 1999 – 2002, she curated several Arab and Palestinian Film programs in NYC with Alwan for the Arts while also teaching several workshops at Birzeit University. She conceived of and co-curated the first Palestine International Video Festival in Ramallah in 2002. In 2007 she curated a selection of shorts; “Palestinian Revolution Cinema (1968 -1982)” which went on tour internationally.