Inserted Instead: Critical Fabulation and Alternative Narrative Creation in Palestinian and Arab Archival Art

Laser printed zine
5.5"x8.5" 
2018

Completed alongside my installation The House on the Hill presented in the exhibition www.mit.edu/~ruchill/lazycurator.submit.html, this zine contains part of my essay which expands Saidiya Hartman’s arguments regarding the failure of archival representation of enslaved African women to Palestinian historiography and demonstrates the application of Hartman’s concept of critical fabulation in Arab archival art practices. The histories, identities, and representation of Palestinians are erased, mischaracterized, and devalued through the active displacement of Palestinian narratives from archival platforms. This erasure is an intentional act of Israeli state violence meant to promote a harmful hegemonic perception of Israel’s establishment in and occupation of Palestine. Arab archival artists, engage in the essential act of critical fabulation to refute and complicate hegemonic colonial narratives regarding MENA history. Works in The House on the Hill brings attention to the events that transpired in the theft of my family home in the village of Wadi Hunayn, the functions of erasure evident within the Israeli narratives surrounding the events, and the discrepancies between my inherited oral histories and those of the authoritative Israeli institutions.