A Question of Distance 2003-6
A Commission from Multi Exposure to explore theme of art and conflict in the region historically known as Palestine, now Israel/Palestine.This multimedia work asks : Is there a place for the artist as stranger in situations of conflict? What are the possibilities for exploring landscape as a site for exploration of concepts of belonging and being 'at home'? A series of walks and talks with my hosts and guides both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Israelis were marked by an image recording the site of conversation. A text was composed which moves between the thoughts of the artist and the words of her correspondents. The work was returned to the context of origin (Israel) as a performative reading and projection event. The artist 'speaks back' to her audience from within the space of the projected images using only the first and second person; the identity of the 'you' to whom she is speaking is open to interpretation. The physical presence of the performer becomes a site for projection and identification. The work was also toured to other contexts, the UK, Palestine (Bethlehem) and Greece. In Greece, the speaking voice of the artist was replaced by a Greek speaking performer. In London, it was also shown as a projection installation with recorded sound only. It is also published as a book with accompanying DVD.
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