Installation; built structure, 15-minute, 2-channel video, 4-channel sound, 4-8 minute video/sound clips on 15 LCD screens, series of digital C-type prints
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
“We will be reborn anew”- FATAH poster 1984
In one of the darkest moments in Palestinian lived history, a ‘dream-world’ has somehow emerged in the West Bank: a host of commodified desires, a semblance of normality, have been constructed atop the debris of political failure and collapse. The work critically ‘reads’ the birth of new political discourses and desires largely centered on consumption; seemingly ‘beyond’ but always brushing up against the outer limits of occupation, its increasingly dystopian wider environment.
The Zone, by evoking both the phantasmagoria of the dream-world and the dystopia of the catastrophe, reflects this state of being, full of surrealism and absurdity and a growing sense of the uncanny.
Constructed as an immersive environment, a site of ruin and dream, a physical reflection on a subjectivity marked by a double moment of colonial expansion/political defeat and impending statehood/consumptive regime. In the narrow corridors and ominous room of The Zone the familiar feels strange, threatening, surveilled; at any given time one finds oneself navigating the dialectic of dreamworld and catastrophe, desire and disaster, past and present. The incongruence is arresting. The dissonance jarring.