At the Seams is the first satellite exhibition of the Palestinian Museum, curated by the amazing Rachel Dedman. The exhibition is on at Dar el Nimer in Beirut until July 30 2016, and I highly recommend you don’t miss it, only just to see the building itself which is a magnificent building from the 1930s which has been extremely well refurbished.
I went to the opening, which was incredibly crowded, probably one of the most crowded openings I’ve been to in a non-major museum in Beirut. But that was justified by how great the exhibition is. At the Seams traces the political history of Palestine through embroidery. The exhibition is set up chronologically with dresses hanging alongside explanatory texts and videos. There are also tables with objects that help put the dresses back in context such as pictures of women wearing them. This kind of set up is consistent until the end of the exhibition, where it becomes more eclectic with posters and various objects exhibited. I haven’t had the chance to go back since the opening and explore it in depth but I really wanted to write this review while there is still some time to see the exhibition because it’s worth it.
I’m not particularly interested in textile or embroidery, but the easy flowing design of the exhibition and the way embroidery is taken from a politico-historical perspective make the exhibition a success. You learn a lot without getting bored, and it tackles a range of serious topics without feeling tragic. On the contrary, it puts Palestinian history under a colorful and intricate spotlight.
Dar el Nimer is open Monday-Saturday from 11:00AM to 7:00PM (5:00PM during Ramadan)