Image : Imagination, Resurrection

Solo exhibition, Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau, Switzerland, 2014

Al Ma'mal Foundation Jerusalem, Palestine, 2015

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre Ramallah, Palestine, 2015-2016

The work tries to challenge both the image and the viewer. This is done through a display of found photographs (mostly from Aarau in Switzerland and the region around) and others from my private archive, plus assorted videos.

Via these visual juxtapositions, I try to approach the archive as a non-independent complex of several values: historical, social, societal, political, material, documentary and most important the visual value. I also wonder where the archival documents/photographs sit regarding the archivist or the body/authority owns the archive.

Furthermore, I try to re-image the image through different acts, such as: cropping, retouching, changing etc. These different acts come to dispute the viewer’s ways of seeing/watching images and the ways s/he experience them - that is to say, I take the photographic act apart in order to test the relation between the witness and the document/image.

Formally, this work is about what we (the viewers) see and what we are told to see, and at the end, to challenge the viewer’s “naked eye” of seeing and watching.

An old ill Palestinian refugee in Damascus hankers to visit his hometown in Palestine before he dies. Thus, the worried sons manage to deceive the obsessed father by driving him to a place, nearby the city of Damascus, overlooking a village similar to the one in Palestine. There, they stand and say to him: “Here is our village, over there. But we cannot move closer and enter it, as it is occupied by the Israelis now.” The old man believes his sons and a few days later he passes away.

 

Based on the autobiography of the Palestinian writer Faisal Hourani (*1939)

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