IT NEVER POURS BUT IT RAINS (Shabbat at High Noon)
The starting point of this project is a reflection on the idea of nation that can be explained and defended through religion, and the religion as a mechanism of political segregation.
Situated in an indeterminate place near Jerusalem, on the edge of the Green line, with a settlement as a background, and over the ruins of a Palestinian village; this action consists in symbolically breaking the support of the written word. Either the law of God, or the law of the Man, words and statements overtake the human scale until the moment that humans empower themselves and define history in other ways.
2017, Video-happening, HDV, 16:9, colour, sound, 02’ 19’’.
During a normal day of Shabbat, I walk around Tel Aviv and put written notes over the sidewalk, under the place where air conditioning systems drop water. On those papers there are written the names of Palestinian towns and villages that were destroyed and erased during the Nakbah. Little by little, a kind of rain erases all of those names, once again the memory disappears. People inside of their houses stay calm, because the heat of the High Noon will not change the inertia of the Shabbat.
The drop of water represents the slow and patient, but continuous work of the Zionism on the domination of the Palestinian population, over many decades. It also refers to the primary element that is a matter of power in the area. It Never Pours but It Rains evokes the notion of rest and passiveness (proper of the day of Shabbat), in order to suggest the self-passiveness of the Israeli population in front of certain illegal procedures of its Government.
2017, Video-happening, HDV, 16:9, colour, 3’ 17”.
These video works have been made with the generous support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst AFK