The Beauty of the Land: Palestinian Art at the 2022 Venice Biennale
national identity

At the fifty-ninth edition of the Venice Biennale Arte (2022), Palestinian art production is showcased at the exhibition “From Palestine with Art,” curated by the Palestine Museum US and included as a parallel event to the Biennale. The exhibition, featuring Palestinian artists across generations and locations, draws on traditional Palestinian national imageries and discourse to shape a collective tale about the beauty of the land, both real and imagined. The dozens of works on display show the continuity of tropes that inform the formation and evolution of Palestinian national identity. At the same time, they also convey the diversity that characterizes the international dimension of a people with a long diasporic history. As the exhibition pursues interpretations and ideas of Palestinian beauty, its goal is to unveil what emerges artistically through and despite the hardships and suffering imposed by Israeli occupation. This Palestinian contribution to the Venice Biennale is a stage for wider recognition of the vibrant Palestinian artistic production globally.

Author biography: 

Francesco Saverio Leopardi is a postdoctoral research fellow at Ca’Foscari University of Venice where he teaches Global Asian Studies. He is also affiliated with the University of Bologna as adjunct lecturer in international history.