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Noor Jardaneh

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Female
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For years, the Palestinian artist and interior designer, Nora Jardaneh, has been immersed in her project aimed at reviving life in the city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, through stone sculptures that simulate the state of the city in three time periods: the Canaanite, the Roman, and the Ottoman.

The artist Jardaneh conducted many researches and studies on the history of the city and its reality during the eras in which she lived, and she walked in its alleys and lanes to be able to paint a painting worthy of it, using plaster and small pebbles to build the houses, mosques and churches in which the city that is called Little Damascus is crowded.

The artist Noura aims behind her project to protect the old town in the city of Nablus from "Israelization" and Judaization, and to confront the occupation's attempts to obliterate Palestinian history, after stealing many Palestinian costumes and folklore and marketing them as belonging to him.

The neighborhood of imprisoning blood in the Abd al-Hadi Palace in the Old City accommodates the works of the artist Jardanah, and the palace has become a destination for tourists and visitors to see the history of the city, which smells of jasmine from its various lanes.

Noura says that the work on embodying the old town that currently exists is easy if it is compared to the work on embodying the city in periods deeply rooted in history. The more we go back, the more difficult the work will be.

Teaching Aids

Jardaneh transformed the historical sites into stone figures, as she says, "as an introductory educational tool for children, enabling them to roam around the tourist places without help, in an attempt to connect them with the reality of the city and its antiquities." And churches, mosques, soaps (a place for making traditional Nabulsi soap) and alleys, until it won admiration, and it became a destination for visitors, tourists, and school and university students.”

Tourism in a new concept

From simple materials consisting of pebbles, sand, clay, cardboard, some watercolors, pine cones, and environmental waste, Jardaneh was able to create two models of the city. The first simulates its history in the Ottoman era and the other in the ancient Canaanite era. It is now preparing to end a model of the Roman period, where the city was known as Flavia Neapolis, and it was established by the Romans in 72 AD, and the name was changed from Flavia Neapolis, which means (the new city) to Nablus. The three figures form an exact copy of what the city was like 5,000 years ago.

Jardaneh, a tour guide, worked on collecting hundreds of documents, pictures, maps, plans and studies, over the course of five continuous years, to reach the shape and history of the city of Nablus throughout the ages.

Jardaneh states, "The concept of tourism must constantly evolve, and in the time of Corona, the need has become urgent to activate the economy and tourism movement in new and different ways, and with the lack of tourists in the city, there are ways to explain the importance of the city and its history via the Internet, and with the presence of these figures that touch the truth, I can explain to anyone "We have also created an application for mobile phones that enables tourists to virtually tour the sites they wish to visit in Palestine."

Jardaneh was not satisfied with making stone models of the city. With the imposition of a state of emergency, the ban on gatherings and tourist tours, and the commitment to prevention and safety measures to limit the spread of the virus, she set about creating games for children in the form of drawings, puzzle cards, etc., enabling them to know the landmarks of their city or any other Palestinian city. Jardaneh explains, "These days, we are prohibited from taking children on tourist tours in accordance with the health protocol in force by the World Health Organization. So we made games that talk about antiquities and history in simplified and interactive ways. We send them to the children in their homes so that they can solve them or color them with their families as a way to Entertainment and knowledge, and also encouraging domestic tourism, as children will be eager to see the landmarks and antiquities that they have collected or colored through the game.”


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