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Rami El Nimer says his interest in collecting stems from his family's house in Nablus, where the Nimr aghas took up residence in 1610 .Nimer's goals for the new art center are solidly humanist.As Nimer sees it, seeing the world from the narrow horizon of a sectarian or ethnic community fosters neither coexistence nor tolerance.Aware of the sudden, inexplicable burgeoning of Beirut-area museum projects, Nimer casts his own center in a different light.Curated by Rachel Dedman, "At the Seams" is the first satellite exhibition of the Palestinian Museum, which was launched in Birzeit with the opening of its new building on May 18 . Though he sits on the Palestine Museum's board of directors, Nimer says it wasn't exactly by design that his space be inaugurated with a clothing exhibition. The challenges of housing a permanent collection in Birzeit – the risk of works being confiscated or acing legal sanctions – made the museum's founders think in terms of virtual exhibitions and partnerships with institutions outside Palestine to facilitate loans and exchanges.
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