To mark the 65th anniversaries of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and U.N. Resolution 194
Al-Awda San Diego
The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Is Honored to Present
Portraits of Denial & Desire
A public Lecture by
Professor John Halaka
Saturday, December 14, 2013
At Al-Awda's Palestine National Center.
2720 Loker Avenue West, Suite J. Carlsbad, CA 92010
Co-sponsored or Endorsed by UCSD & SDSU Students for Justice in Palestine, KARAMA, Alternate Focus and
The San Diego Peace Resource Center
Palestinian refugees have become the forgotten survivors of the world. Their experiences in exile have been deliberately ignored and their voices repeatedly silenced over the course of a forced and ongoing odyssey that started over 65 years ago. The majority of the refugees exist, unseen and unheard, in the margins of marginalized communities.
Portraits of Denial & Desire, is a multi-disciplinary art project that preserves and presents the stories of three generations of indigenous Palestinians who were displaced from their homeland in an ongoing cultural genocide that began 65 years ago.
The project highlights complex and compelling individuals whose personal stories address massive and ongoing human rights violations, cycles of violent political manipulations, patterns of self-defeating strategies, as well as inspiring narratives of resilience and resistance. Those experiences, along with many others, represent the dynamic tensions between the oppressive political denial and the liberating personal desires that have defined the lives of Palestinian refugees since the beginning of their expulsion in 1948. The recorded narratives, photographs, drawings and documentary film being produced for the project, highlight the seldom-heard stories of generations of Palestinian refugees and uncover parts of their experiences in the aftermath of displacement.
John Halaka is a visual artist, documentary filmmaker and professor of Visual Arts at the University of San Diego. Drawings from his series Landscapes of Desire are currently on view in a solo exhibit at the Arab-American National Museum, in Dearborn Michigan, through January 2014. His work can be viewed at the following websites: http://www.johnhalaka.com, and http://www.sittingcrowproductions.com.
For recent article by professor Halaka, go to
Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to help support Al-Awda's important work.
Al-Awda's Palestine National Center is wheel-chair accessible