Nation Estate – Jerusalem Floor, 2012
Diasec on aluminum
Courtesy of the artist
Conceived in 2011, when Palestinian authorities appealed to the United Nations for nationhood status, Sansour’s photographic series (and accompanying short film) takes a critical look at the impossibility of creating an actual physical space where the scattered Palestinian population can reunite. Her irreverent proposal is an enormous high-rise in which security clearance is obtained in the lobby and various floors reenact the iconic squares and landmarks of major cities. Addressing the relative silence on how a Palestinian nation would accommodate both a growing population (currently allocated a fraction of the region’s land) and the serious mobility issues caused by the distance and checkpoints between territories, Nation Estate is a provocative retort through a vision of dystopian spectacle.
Currently on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
AN I FOR AN EYE
SEP 18, 2013 – JAN 6, 2014
DAILY 10AM – 6PM | FREE ADMISSION