The Question of Funding

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The Question of Funding is a growing collective of cultural producers and community organizers from Palestine. By producing, documenting, accumulating, and disseminating resources, experience, and knowledge with their wider community, it aims to rethink the economy of funding and how it affects cultural production both in Palestine and the world.

The collective was formed in 2019 by a group of individuals engaged in different facets of the cultural sector, from working for non-governmental cultural institutions dependent on international funding (such as Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Grassroots Al-Quds, and the Popular Art Center) and foundations and cultural centers (including Al-Basta Theatre, Dalia Association, and Rawa Fund), to practicing as independent practitioners.

Born out of informal and open encounters within Palestine’s wider arts community, The Question of Funding sought to question, debate, and find solutions to the prevalent constrictive international funding models on which Palestinian cultural institutions continue to depend.* These encounters grew beyond the cultural sphere to include the wider Palestinian community. They touched on pressing issues concerning the political and economic roles of cultural work, both within and outside the institution, and their impact on cultural infrastructures in Palestine and worldwide.

Central to these encounters was the recurrent and urgent question, “How to Work Together?” In response, The Question of Funding aims to bring together individuals and collectives actively working to find alternative economic structures that can resist the physical and geographical boundaries and restrictions in Palestine and, hopefully, beyond it. To this end, the collective is currently developing a community-governed economic system that will facilitate and connect local production from diverse sectors, such as agriculture, arts and culture, and small creative businesses, to foster social development and unity.

In the context of documenta fifteen, The Question of Funding is creating a communal economic model that combines trust and zero trust systems based on blockchain technologies. It will also co-curate an exhibition with Gazan artist collective Eltiqa; host events and workshops with several local grassroots organizations based in Kassel; publish illustrated books that narrate the alternative economy it aims to build in Palestine; and create a website to serve as an interactive repository for the growing documentation, dialogues, and thinking processes engaged by the collective.

*Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, Palestinian cultural institutions have undergone structural changes due to international funding and have experienced conditional funding that has affected artistic production and community cultural organizing.

ARTWORKS

  • Qo F Dayra Video 1 2022 photo courtesy of the artist 1

    Question of Funding, Dayra Video

    2022 / Video, 2 channels 4" / Dimensions variable

  • Qo F Poster Qo F 2022 photo courtesy of the artist 1

    Question of Funding Poster

    2022 / Digital printing, double-sided / 100 x 70 cm / 39.4 x 27.6 in

  • Qo F Raouf Al Ajouri Behind the Wall 2021 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raouf al Ajouri, Behind the Wall

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 135 x 162 cm / 53.1 x 63.8 in

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 1 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 1

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 2 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 2

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 3 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 3

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 4 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 4

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 25 x 30 cm / 9.8 x 11.8 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 5 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 5

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 6 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 6

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 7 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 7

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 8 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 8

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 9 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 9

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 10 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 10

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 11 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 11

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 25 x 30 cm / 9.8 x 11.8 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 12 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 12

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 13 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 13

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 14 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 14

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 15 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 15

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 16 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 16

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 17 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 17

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 18 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 18

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 25 x 30 cm / 9.8 x 11.8 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 19 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 19

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 20 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 20

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 21 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 21

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 22 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 22

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 23 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 23

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Freedom Series 25 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Freedom Series 25

    2020 / Drawing on paper / 33 x 43 cm / 13.0 x 16.9 in (framed)

  • Qo F Raed Issa Behind the Dream photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Raed Issa, Behind The Dream

    2014 / Acrylic on canvas / 160 x 200 cm / 63.0 x 78.7 in

  • Qo F Dina Matter summer of gaza 2017 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Dina Matar, Summer of Gaza

    2017 / Acrylic on canvas / 130 x 200 cm / 51.2 x 78.7 in

  • Qo F Dina Matter cactus 4 2011 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Dina Matar, Cactus 4

    2011 / Acrylic on canvas / 60 x 60 cm / 23.6 x 23.6 in

  • Qo F Dina Matter cactus 3 2011 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Dina Matar, Cactus 3

    2011 / Acrylic on canvas / 60 x 60 cm / 23.6 x 23.6 in

  • Qo F Dina Matter cactus 2 2011 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Dina Matar, Cactus 2

    2011 / Acrylic on canvas / 60 x 60 cm / 23.6 x 23.6 in

  • Qo F Dina Matter cactus 1 2011 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Dina Matar, Cactus 1

    2011 / Acrylic on canvas / 60 x 60 cm / 23.6 x 23.6 in

  • Qo F Abusal Shamber 8 Kamal Saloon Cable from a small generator 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Shamber 8 - Kamal Saloon / Cable from a small generator, kept at a distance to reduce noise

    2012 / Photography on paper / 50 x 75 cm / 19.7 x 29.5 in

  • Qo F Abusal Shamber 7 Hamad minimarket Shambar and Gas 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Shamber 7 - Hamad Minimarket / Shambar and Gas

    2012 / Photography on paper / 50 x 75 cm / 19.7 x 29.5 in

  • Qo F Abusal Shamber 6 House Candles and dried Battery lantern 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Shamber 6 - House. Candles and Dried Battery Lantern

    2012 / Photography on paper / 50 x 70 cm / 19.7 x 27.6 in

  • Qo F Abusal Shamber 5 Some studying for an exam Rechargeable LED light 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Shamber 5 - Some Studying for an Exam / Rechargeable LED light

    2012q / Photography on paper / 50 x 75 cm / 19.7 x 29.5 in

  • Qo F Abusal Shamber 4 A house Local Inverter UPS 105 Amperes 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Shamber 4 - A House / Local Inverter UPS (105 Amperes)

    2012 / Photography on paper / 50 x 75 cm / 19.7 x 29.5 in

  • Qo F Abusal Shamber 2 Sharm Amusement Park Caterpillar 500 KVA 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Shamber 2 - Sharm Amusement Park / Caterpillar (500 KVA)

    2012 / Photography on paper / 40 x 120 cm / 15.7 x 47.2 in

  • Qo F Abusal Shamber 1 Abdelhadi wedding dresses shop Small Chinese generator Lantop 5 KW photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Shamber 1 - Abdelhadi wedding dresses shop / Small Chinese generator - Lantop (5 KW)

    2012 / Photography on paper / 40 x 120 cm / 15.7 x 47.2 in

  • Qo F Abusal Thorns and Flowers 2 2016 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Thorns and Flowers 2

    2016 / Oil on canvas / 134 x 184 cm / 52.8 x 72.4 in

  • Qo F Abusal Thorns and Flowers 1 2016 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Thorns and Flowers 1

    2016 / Oil on canvas / 205 x 205 cm / 80.7 x 80.7 in

  • Qo F Abusal Enduring Love 2016 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Enduring Love

    2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 192 x 150 cm / 75.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Abusal Jawdats Garden 2 2016 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Jawdat Garden 2

    2016 / Acrylic on canvas / 192 x 149 cm / 75.6 x 58.7 in

  • Qo F Abusal Jawdats Garden 1 2016 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohamed Abusal, Jawdat Garden 1

    2016 / Oil on canvas / 134 x 184 cm / 52.8 x 72.4 in

  • Qo F Hawajri A Family of Farmers Vincent Van Gogh 1885 2010 2013 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, A Family of Farmers - Vincent Van Gogh (1885)

    2010-2013 / Digital Image / 62.5 x 150 cm / 24.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Hawajri The Harvest Vincent Van Gogh 1888 2010 2013 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, The Harvest - Vincent Van Gogh (1888)

    2010-2013 / Digital Image / 62.5 x 150 cm / 24.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Liberty Leading the People Eugene Delacroix 1830 2010 2013 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Liberty Leading the People - Eugene Delacroix (1830)

    2010-2013 / Digital Image / 62.5 x 150 cm / 24.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Above The City Marc Chagall 1924 2010 2013 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Above The City - Marc Chagall (1924)

    2010-2013 / Digital Image / 62.5 x 150 cm / 24.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Olive Picking Vincent Van Gogh 1889 2010 2013 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Olive Picking - Vincent Van Gogh (1889)

    2010-2013 / Digital Image / 62.5 x 150 cm / 24.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Pause for a Nap Jean Francois Millet 1865 2010 2013 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Pause for a Nap - Jean Francois Millet (1865)

    2010-2013 / Digital Image / 62.5 x 150 cm / 24.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Harvesters Resting Jean Francois Millet 1850 2010 2013 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Harvesters Resting - Jean Francois Millet (1850)

    2010-2013 / Digital Image / 62.5 x 150 cm / 24.6 x 59.1 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Animals 3 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Animals 3

    2012 / Acrylic on Canvas / 200 x 200 cm / 78.7 x 78.7 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Animals 2 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Animals 2

    2012 / Acrylic on Canvas / 100 x 200 cm / 39.4 x 78.7 in

  • Qo F Hawajri Animals 1 2012 photo courtesy of the artist

    Eltiqaa, Mohammed al Hawajri, Animals 1

    2012 / Acrylic on Canvas / 100 x 200 cm / 39.4 x 78.7 in

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