It's Not About the House, is an outdoor billboard constructed in the downtown of Nablus, Palestine. Appropriating family insurance ads from New Palestine, Indiana. I wondered at Nabulsi families calling the US-family insurance company. 

Photo: Majd Assali 2019.


The Seventh Sarha, is a 20 minute video negotiates between 360° technologies to relocate the Museum of New Palestine, IN. Passing between Lebanon, OH and South Lebanon, OH, while google map suggests 'New Palestine' to me, mimicking the same order of the actual geography that created these illusion, borders that I can not travel around back home. Every time I visited 'New Palestine' felt like a virtual reality moment. I overlap the landscape of Palestine and the bucolic midwest US landscape in New Palestine. 

The Seventh Sarha, combines between 360° footage and 2D content to create a broken panorama of Za'tara checkpoint between Nablus and Ramallah, I question these resolutions through the image and political representations it produce.


Reading New Palestine is a 10 minute lecture performance posits the idea of having a 'New Palestine', in the U.S. requiring a translation of my home country to a new context. I read the Arabic text of 'New Palestine' by Nadim Rouhana on an unraveling and unwieldy scroll at the 100th anniversary event of the Belford Accord. Belonging to a generation of the 1st and 2nd Intifada my performance mutes this Rouhana's optimism.

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


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