Embryos 2017, 2017
From the series Grafted Land 2015-2017
Using over the past two decades maps produced by many different sources, I took for the “Grafted Land” series a Palestinian map entitled ‘The Holy Land, Palestine and Israel’, edited in 2010 and produced by the Palestine Mapping Center. On this map different colours are used to define Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights.
During the creative process, the various coloured areas first undergo a ‘surgical’ procedure which leaves a red wound, then these severed disembodied segments are covered in gauze and plaster and sutured with green thread. The first grafted map was exhibited in an installation at The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington (Delaware) and at the Center for the Arts Gallery in Towson University (Maryland).
‘Embryos’ is a diptych map, covered in gauze and plaster and sutured with green thread that represents an enlargement of the West Bank. On one map, the embryo show a red empty space, while the second embryo is composed of fragments of the West Bank. Both embryos, detached from their geographical surroundings, have become a fluid entity still in process.