Missing

Photolithography, monotype
15"x20" 
2016

In 1948, Zionist military forces seized the land and belongings of Palestinians and established the settler colonial state of Israel, displacing and dispossessing millions of Palestinian people. Today, Israel continues to bulldoze, occupy, and illegally settle Palestinian land and claim aspects of Palestinian culture, identity, and economy as its own. Jaffa oranges are now sold to benefit Israeli people and economies and the Palestinian farmers who owned orange groves in Jaffa cultivate their own stolen lands as low wage workers.

A carton of Jaffa Orange Juice with a missing advertisement most commonly seen on milk cartons. The advertisement describes the nature of Palestinian culture and the moment of abduction, just as a milk carton advertisement would, while the front of the milk carton features an idealistic scene of workers picking oranges and a brightly colored logo for “Jaffa Orange Juice.” The carton snidely advertises the wonders of socioeconomic deprivation and colonialism embedded in Jaffa Orange Juice’s idyllic orange groves: “100% juice - Not from concentrated acts of genocide,” “Colonial narrative perishable - Keep refrigerated,” and “Less Pulp - Less Culture.”