LIFTA: Future Palestine

November 22, 2020

Printed Matter is pleased to host a new video and conversation created by the team of LIFTA Volumes.

Founded in 2018, LIFTA is a space led by the imagination. Prioritizing collaboration and humancentric processes, LIFTA develops projects across different mediums including publications, exhibitions, and film. Crafted by people of the region, our inaugural project is a book centered upon the theme of Future Palestine. Volume I features work from emerging and award-winning writers, poets, architects, curators, researchers, and artists from Palestine and its Diaspora. The second volume will take the format of a long term archival initiative based in CDMX, exploring Diasporic communities from the Arab world.

The first volume of LIFTA, themed Future Palestine, is an art book of exercises and experiments that play with futurist anti-narratives on Palestine. It’s an anthology of poems, blueprints, stories, essays, conversations, sketches and photographs.

The book features the work of artists, poets, writers, architects, students, activists and educators. It’s a step away from the past and present, from the limitations of current affairs, memory and rhetoric––a step towards intangible possibilities and impossibilities.

It examines all the things that bind Palestine to Palestinians: time, land, exile, nationhoods, falsehoods, things lost, found and held onto, ideals of return, and for those that remained, ideals of exit. This brings forth the question: how much of history, reality and experience can we shed in the realm of the imaginary?