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Palestine posters considered by UNESCO Memory of the World program

The UNESCO program's International Register, inscribes library and archival holdings of “world significance and outstanding universal value.”

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A collection of posters nominated by the Palestine Poster Project Archives (PPA) was accepted for a formal review by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Memory of the World program.

The UNESCO program's International Register, inscribes library and archival holdings of “world significance and outstanding universal value.”

In early August, the nominated work –the Liberation Graphics Collection of Palestine Posters was the first documentary heritage resource to be nominated by the state of Palestine for consideration by the ‘Memory of the World.’

The review process takes around a year to complete. If inscribed, the Palestinian posters will join a prestigious register that includes – the Bayeux Tapestry, the Book of Kells, the Phoenician Alphabet, the Gutenberg Bible, Karl Marx’s personally annotated manuscript of Das Kapital and hundreds of other historically significant documents.

Apart from inscribing into the prominent register, the nomination represents a significant event for Palestinian art, culture and history.

“The nomination itself brings world attention to a unique genre of posters that heretofore has been essentially unrecognized.” Said Dan Walsh, curator and owner of the Archives.

APP was founded as a means of collecting and digitally displaying a wide variety of works in the Palestine poster genre.

It includes paper and digital images of almost 10,000 Palestine posters created by more than 1,900 artists from 72 countries.