It's Not About the House billboard in Nablus, Palestine, 2019. Photo: Majd Assali

The Seventh Sarha, 360° video

Billboard in New Palestine, IN, Bumper sticker, takeaway

Lost Old Couple circa 1900, found at 25 E. Mill St. New Palestine, IN in a trash can by Garth Castleman, around 2010, Found object Billboard in New Palestine, IN, bumper sticker, takeaway

Reading New Palestine, OH

Lecture Performance (10min)

Reading the article “New Palestine” by Nadim Rouhana in Arabic on an unraveling and unwieldy scroll, I posit the idea of having a “New” Palestine, in the U.S. requiring a translation of my home country to a new context. At this 100th anniversary event of the Belford Accord I refuse the role of translator, refusing to translate the untranslatable aspects of the Palestinian context. This inaccessible work rests on the aesthetics and performance of Arabic and the official rhetoric of renown Palestinian scholar Rouhana and his understanding of the history of Palestine and its future. His analytical and political staging of optimism. Belonging to a generation of the 1st and 2nd Intifada my performance mutes this optimism while challenging a U.S. audience to listen to an Arab voice and language, while seeing our script in unfetishistic terms.

Presented for the event 100 Years Since Balfour Accord on Nov 02, 2017 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I heart New Palestine, OH

Framed image of a public intervention using chalk spray paint

Using the iconic language of love, the heart, and specifically confusing the tourism campaign for New York with a love for New Palestine, OH, this outdoor stencil graffiti piece engages the rhetoric of USAID propaganda, Arabizing the slogan “A Gift From the American People,” to instead offer up this aesthetic vandalism and Arabic text for speculation and communication within a diverse residential community of Chicago’s. What does tourism to New Palestine, OH look like or even mean? Where is New Palestine, OH? What is it?

Public intervention presented as part of Terrain Biennial, Chicago


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