Image created in collaboration with Imad Abu Shtayyah
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a manufactured attempt at genocide, the outcome of a 100-year-old colonial occupation by Zionists and later Israel, backed by the British, the United States and other major imperial powers. It is about the ongoing seizure of Palestinian land by the colonizers; the rendering of the Palestinians as non-people, writing them out of the historical narrative as if they never existed.
Since 1948, Palestinians have heroically mounted one resistance effort after another, all unleashing disproportionate Israeli reprisals and a demonization of the Palestinians as terrorists. But this resistance has also forced the world to recognize the presence of Palestinians, despite the feverish efforts of Israel, the United States and many Arab regimes to remove them from historical consciousness.
In 2019 Mia lived with a family in a refugee camp in Palestine... the exact location and names of the collaborators will remain anonymous. Her room became an occult art laboratory for the community where they held private interviews and created art about their lives.
In this short film we depicted scenes from several of the men who have endured severe disabilities due to the violence from the occupation of their land.
Sharing our deepest stories is a call for empathy unity and peace.
In collaboration with the family, they intend to make the art laboratory an ongoing growing and changing place for the community to use art for self determination and love.