Delfina Foundation

Atef Abu Saif

London: 20/07/15 — 15/09/15

Atef Abu Saif was born in Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1973. He holds a BA from Birzeit University, an MA from the University of Bradford, and a PhD in political and social science from the European University Institute in Florence.

Atef is the author of five novels: Suspended Life (2014), shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Shadows in the Memory (2007), The Tale of the Harvest Night (1999), The Salty Grape of Paradise (2003, 2006), Snowball (2000), along with two collections of short stories: Still Life: Stories from Gaza Time (2013) and Everything is Normal (2004). Atef was also editor for the anthology The Book of Gaza: A City in Short Fiction, which featured ten short stories by ten different authors from the Gaza Strip. His work has been featured in various Arab and international press including Al Jazeera, Associated Press, New York Times, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times, amongst others. He is a regular contributor to several Palestinian and Arabic newspapers and journals; including Seyast Magazine published by the Institute of Public Policy in Ramallah and a weekly article in Al Ayyam Newspaper in Palestine.

Atef teaches political science in Al Azhar University of Gaza.

César lives and works in Mexico.

César Martínez’s work tackles the diverse economic, social and cultural tensions that Mexico has faced in the last decades. Departing from the logic of provocation, criticism and uncertainty, and displaying humorous appropriations of language’s conceptual ambivalence, César employs multiple supports to tackle complex topics. From installation and sculpture made of edible materials to performance and conceptual objects he explores social malaise in the face of a frustrating system, the defeat of the institutions, globalization and the submission of the Mexican government to U.S. dictates among others subjects.


César has done over 200 performances in International venues, and has also participated in many conferences and round tables. His work is in important art collections such as the Carsten Norman in Germany, Fundació Sorigué in Spain, Colezzione “La Gaia” and Associazione Prometeo in Italy, MUCA UNAM, and various private collections in the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, among others.


Recently he won a scholarship for graduate studies granted by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, where he earned recognition for his teaching activities two consecutive years. Since 2002 he has been part of the Mexican National Creator’s System.


César lives and works in Mexico.