Lilwatan (to the homeland), uses cultured bacterial growths that have been documented in petri dishes as source material. The Images are digitally manipulated to be seen through a kaleidoscopic lens and displayed on older television screens.
This work references Abu Zaineh’s middle-eastern background against the narrative of living as a displaced refugee and longing to return to the “homeland” as echoed in the accompanying soundtrack “Sanarjaou Yawman” (We Will Return) by Fairouz. The song is of great cultural and historical significance, even adopted by Palestinians as their own anthem, with countless plays on the radio and my family home since its release in the 70s.
Installation shots by Justin Elliot.
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