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Vera Tamari

Innovative artist, curator, educator shaping Palestinian art and cultural narrative.

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Date of Birth:

1945

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Jerusalem, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Vera Tamari is a leading Palestinian artist, educator, and curator. Her pioneering work in ceramics, commitment to cultural preservation, and influential role in the New Vision Movement have significantly shaped the Palestinian art scene. Her installations and curation have brought international attention to the Palestinian struggle and cultural identity.

Brief bio

Vera Tamari, born into a creative family in Jerusalem, became a notable Palestinian artist, educator, and curator. She embraced art as a means of resistance and cultural preservation, gaining acclaim for her delicate ceramics, landscape paintings, and innovative installations. As an educator, she played a pivotal role in introducing fine arts programs at Palestinian universities and curated significant exhibitions promoting Palestinian art and heritage.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Received B.A. in Fine Arts from the Beirut College for Women, 1966

  • Studied ceramics in Florence, Italy, 1972-1974

  • Obtained MPhil in Islamic Art and Architecture from Oxford University, 1984

  • Joined Birzeit University faculty, established Ethnographic and Art Museum, 1986

  • Founding member of The New Vision Movement during the First Palestinian Intifada, 1987-1993

  • Development of unique ceramics technique incorporating Palestinian themes...See More

  • Key figure in The New Vision Movement, promoting use of local materials in art...See More

  • Establishment of the Birzeit University Ethnographic and Art Museum, 2005.

  • Curatorial work highlighting Palestinian art and culture, including the 'Stateless Nation' exhibition.

  • Creation of The Paltel Virtual Gallery to promote contemporary Palestinian art.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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