Sunday, May 2, 2010
Where We Come From, 2002
"The starting point of the piece and of the action it is based on, is the following question, addressed to Palestinians living in exile: "If I could do anything for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?" The artist exploited the liberty of movement (still not void of danger) provided by her passport issued in the United States to fulfill the wishes she received. In her installation, Emily Jacir documents the wishes and the fate or status of the people, who expressed them and then what she did in order to fulfill each wish."
-Nafas Art Magazine
Do something on a normal day in Haifa, something I might do if I was living there now.
Visit my mother, hug and kiss her and tell her that these are from her son. Visit the sea at sunset and smell it for me and walk a little bit...enough. Am I greedy?
Drink the water in my parent's village.
Sign a condolence book for Faisal al-Husseini, who was my hero and idol.
Go to Jerusalem and light a candle on the grave of Christ in the Holy Sepulcher Church and then go to al-Asqsa Mosque and pray to God to ease the pressure and help those who are needy in both places.
"Bilal's self imposed confinement is designed to raise awareness about the life of the Iraqi people and the home confinement they face due to the both the violent and the virtual war they face on a daily basis. This sensational approach to the war is meant to engage people who may not be willing to engage in political dialogue through conventional means. DOMESTIC TENSION will depict the suffering of war not through human displays of dramatic emotion, but rather through engaging people in the sort of playful interactive video game with which they are familiar."
Wafaa Bilal, Domestic Tension, 2007
-Globalism as a conversation
Cat Mazza, Nike Petition