Mission and role of Palestinian Museum publications
The museum’s publications reflect the core of its work. In minute detail, its paper publications showcase its exhibitions in all their components, from the curator’s statement, the philosophy behind the works, and their photographs. Publications perform several different functions and take the form of catalogues, brochures, booklets, training manuals, educational resources, and more.
The role of distribution and its aims
The Palestinian Museum Publications Unit seeks to expand the distribution of its publications, in alignment with and reinforcing its vision of being a transnational museum. This means continuing to distribute its publications both in the Arab world and abroad in vital centres, as well as intensifying distribution locally to reach the Palestinian street. This is done to push those interested in their history and culture to reach out to the museum and share different experiences. The foundation is then laid to connect to Palestinian youth and share with them the museum’s ideas.
Palestinian Museum distribution goals
- Continually disseminating the vision and role of the Palestinian Museum.
- Raising awareness of the museum's missions and what it seeks to achieve in Palestinian society.
- Intensifying the visual presence of the Palestinian Museum in the public space.
- Reaching the public in different places, where publications, especially detailed ones, serve as travelling exhibitions.
- Inform the community of new events and activities through various publications.
- Opening the door for the public to provide feedback to the museum.
Long-term distribution policy
The distribution of the museum's publications is the dissemination of its philosophy in its work. The arrival of these publications in the hands of people in different regions is something that continues to contribute to the formation of a collective taste, compatible with society yet different from it in terms of formation and composition. This is the long-term societal contribution of the museum's publications and their quest to make a desirable difference that will create a collective state and aesthetic taste not limited to an institution or product.
In practice, what the museum does, as reflected in its publications, is the display of horizons of artistic outputs emerging from political contexts and the carrying of aesthetic statements that spark debate, invigorate memory, motivate production, and encourage a visit.
Complimentary distribution policy
The Palestinian Museum seeks to share its knowledge with the wider public, and to this end, it sees cultural institutions, both official and non-governmental, as partners in the production of knowledge, and therefore the first destination of its publications. The museum seeks to develop permanent and renewed partnerships with cultural institutions and sees the exchange of experiences and knowledge as one of the aspects of partnership; thus, each cultural institution becomes a point of support, promotion, and launch-off for other institutions that share in the museum’s vision and mission.
To ensure that the museum’s various types of knowledge production reach their intended audience, and in the context of recognising the challenges facing Palestinians, such as difficulties in movement, transport, and access to the museum, not to mention emergencies and checkpoints, the museum seeks to make its publications openly accessible. They are therefore available through public, university, and school libraries (specifically government schools and UNRWA schools), in addition to the libraries of community centres and charities, especially remote ones, to achieve the museum's vision of being transnational and able to engage Palestinians wherever they may be.