Three New Exhibitions for the Summer

“Palestine through German Eyes”
by Ursula Mindermann

“The Occupation of Childhood”
by Sabrine Mukarker-Zeidan

“Toxic Occupation”
by Photographers of Palestine

Hello Everyone, and welcome to our first
new-look update of 2022. We hope you like the new format, by which we will be letting you know of developments in NPP over the coming months.

Firstly, more details of our summer exhibitions:

Ursula Mindermann
In July, we kick off with a one woman show featuring the work of Ursula Mindermann, a great friend and NPP Trustee from Germany. Ursula has had a long association with Palestine, where she has established a number of businesses in association with the local people. Ursula will be presenting pictures taken over a number of visits to Palestine as well as Palestinian refugee camps outside the country.
We will be opening her show “Palestine through German Eyes” on Monday, 18th July at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St. EH6 8RG with a talk by Ursula and, of course, some wholesome Palestinian food. The exhibition will open at 7.00p.m. and will be on display for two weeks.

Sabrine Mukarker-Zeidan
In August we will be welcoming Bethlehem photographer Sabrine Mukarker-Zeidan for a three week tour of Scotland. In her exhibition entitled “The Occupation of Childhood” Sabrine will be lifting the lid on the mistreatment of children by the Occupation, and exploding the myth that it is in any way child-friendly. Sabrine will open her tour on Monday August 1st with a week-long exhibition at “Out of the Blue” in Edinburgh (see address above). The opening event will include the film “Today They Took My Son” by Farah Nabulsi, as well as a talk by Sabrine, and, once more, some scrumptious Palestinian food.
After the week’s exhibition in Edinburgh, we move on to a presentation and talk at The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale Street, Glasgow G41 2PZ from 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Next day we visit to the lovely Isle of Arran, where Sabrine will exhibit her work in Lochranza Church from 9th-11th August with an evening talk on Wednesday, 10th August.
On Thursday we travel north to Inverness for our next event at the “Spectrum Centre” 1B Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LS. We start the day here at 10.00a.m on Saturday, 13th August and go through to 3.00 p.m. Next day, Sunday 14th August we have a trip to Cromarty where Sabrine will speak at St. Regulas Church (Time tba).
To end the tour, Sabrine will exhibit in the Dundee Central Library from 17-19th August. She will give a talk there on the 18th August at 6.00 p.m.

Toxic Occupation

Our final exhibition this year sees us returning to our traditional practice of asking a range of Palestinian photographers to submit images on a particular topic.This time our theme depicts the effects of the Occupation on the environment of Palestine. Entitled “Toxic Occupation” (thanks to ‘Visualising Palestine’ for suggesting this title), the exhibition will appear in the Out of the Blue Drill Hall (yet again!) from 29th August – 2nd September. Our opening event will feature a talk and discussion led by Eurig Scandrett, a prominent environmental activist and part of an SPSC fact-finding mission that visited Gaza in 2016. We hope to Zoom in a prominent environmental activist from Palestine to share the discussion with Eurig and the audience. You will not be surprised to hear that Palestinian food will be on sale on our opening night once again! 

Looking Ahead. 

Calling Birzeit

On Sunday 24th July we will be holding a Zoom call with a group of media students from Birzeit University. We will be telling them more about how NPP operates, and giving some tips on career development for aspiring photographers, in the hope that we can encourage them to become involved in our work in the future. This session will be chaired by Najib Jo Hakim one of our Trustees, and a prominent member of the Palestine community in the the Bay area of San Francisco.


We will then be hosting a webinar entitled “Palestinian Photography – not just a pretty picture” in which three prominent photographers from Gaza and the OPT will discuss the highs and lows of working as a photographer in Palestine. The date for this is yet to be announced, but we will let you know further details as they emerge.Please come and join us on-line for this event. 

Happy New Year 2023 !

For next year, we have already started planning an event marking the 75th anniversary of the Nakba. We are preparing a major exhibition to mark this fateful event for the Palestinian people. 

Our summer visitor will be Najib Jo Hakim, a leading San Francisco photographer who has very much enhanced our work over the past two years with his thoughtful advice as a Trustee of NPP. Najib has exhibited and published extensively in the United States and will offer some fascinating insights into the life of a Palestinian exile living in the USA. 

Finally, we hope to be back at St John’s in Edinburgh next year with a new show as part of the JUST Festival in August. We will of course keep you updated on these developments in the fullness of time. 

Meanwhile, may we thank you for your support and encouragement over the past period, and in particular a big thanks to all those who have supported us with your generous financial contributions. Without you, the various activities outlined above just could not happen.