Photolithography, chine-collé, monotype, beeswax
This print is accompanied by an artist book titled Orange Groves are Inserted Instead, both works address my discovery that one of my relative's homes in a town called Ness Ziona, formerly called Wadi Hunayn, was stolen by the Israeli government. The house was converted into a top secret military facility to research and improve chemical weapons which are in turn used against Palestinian people. In aerial views of the facility, the orange groves my family planted almost a century ago are inserted.
These prints analyze the ethnic cleansing taking place in Palestine by examining the history of the orange industry. In 1948, Zionist military forces seized the land and belongings of Palestinians and expelled the majority of Palestinian citizens into neighboring countries. Today, Israel continues to bulldoze and occupy 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. depict a carton of 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. Contrastingly, the front of the milk carton features an idealistic scene of workers picking oranges and a brightly colored logo for “Jaffa Orange Juice.” Looking closer, one can see the humorous remarks I included to criticize the 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.” These humorous phrases playfully address the violent political and historical acts of appropriation, occupation, and oppression that take place in Jaffa and throughout Palestine.
Narrative Terrorism focuses on the effects of colonialism on the value of the Arab body. The image on the right is a drawing selected from a series of postcards that French colonists in Algeria would stage, photograph, and send off in order to show their families and friends in France just how exotic the people and lifestyles of Algeria were. In this image, the Arab body and culture is objectified and stereotyped for the enjoyment of French colonists. The left image features a well known photograph from the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where Iraqi people were subjected to illegal psychological and physical abuse. Here, during American/Western invasion of Iraq, the Arab body has no value. The images are surrounded by a textile print; a way to show that while these images occurred centuries apart, they weave together the fabric of a colonial narrative. A narrative which will no longer be tolerated or safe.