Oslo Zones (2015)

Mixed media installation: digital prints, booklet, videos, found objects and brochures, vinyl texts, public intervention. Exhibited at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

In this work, dark humor is being employed to play on the word “Oslo”, as it has been a chronic word in the everyday life of Palestinians after the year 1993 when the Peace Accord between Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel was signed after secret negotiations in Oslo. Since then, the accord determined the smallest details of the Palestinians life, and it restricted their freedom of movement and divided the land they were given according to the accord into three zones, A, B, and C. For this project, I bought the pass card to reach all the zones of Oslo in Norway.

Dette er elektronisk reisekort (This is your electronic travelcard), 2:40 mins 

Installation at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo includes:

Pass card and local commercial videos: framed Pass card, “Ruter” -the transportation company in Norway- commercials in Norwegian dubbed in Arabic to guide the travelers how to use the pass to reach to all “Oslo” zones freely and easily, titled Dette er elektronisk reisekort (This is your electronic travel card), video of 2:40 minutes.

Maps and documentation video: screen shots from Google maps application, that documents the locations of my trips to different places in Oslo zone. Dørene Lukkes (Doors Closing): Video of 2 hours 50 minutes shows clips that was filmed on the bus during the trips.

Booklets installation and intervention: a collection of booklets from “Ruter”, where a “fake” booklet that included the text of Oslo Accord in it, is planted between the booklets on the bus in Oslo. The painting “The Scream” is chosen to be on the cover of the booklet.

Screen shots: this part shows the results that appear when one types Oslo Zones in Google search engine, the images ironically are mostly related to the zones in Palestine. It shows also, the result of when one tries to find a path between Tulkarem and Bethlehem on Ruter's website, the result states that there is no such one! Which sarcastically can be the case due to the occupation closures and restrictions.

Texts: various vinyl wall texts displayed and viewed from inside and outside the exhibition in different voices: commercial, personal and historical; first text in space taken from the history of Oslo transportation company says: “In 1993, the western lines were upgraded and connected to the Metro, allowing Metro trains to run through city center of Oslo.”; Second text seen from the street says: “This made possible by support from Apple, Google and Ruter.”

Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015
http://akademirommet.khio.no/oslo-zones/

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Dørene Lukkes (Doors Closing), video, 2:50 hrs

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