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, their inaugural project is a book centered upon the theme of Future Palestine. Volume 1 features work from emerging and award-winning writers, poets, architects, curators, researchers and artists from Palestine and its diaspora.
The theme of Future Palestine is a step away from the past and present, from current affairs, memory and rhetoric - it examines what is both possible and improbable. Throughout these pages you will find an interrogation of the things that bind Palestine to Palestinians: time, land, exile, nationhoods, falsehoods, things lost, found and held onto, ideals of return, ideals of exit.
Contributors responded by creating works that touch on an array of themes including mental health, sci-fi, architecture, archeology, return, classism, gender issues, nationalism and more. All content in LIFTA is tailored to the theme and therefore the majority is new and unpublished. Throughout these pages, you will find doctrines of depth and disappointment, a log of what is feared, learned, yearned (for), glamorized, dejected and cut out.