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Twins Embryos 2017, 2017

Grafted Land 2016 and Twin Embryos

Using over the past two decades maps produced by many different sources, I have used for the Series “Grafted Land” a Palestinian map entitled: ‘The Holy Land, Palestine, and Israel’. Edited in 2010 this map is produced by the Palestine Mapping Center and sold as touristic maps in the Old City of Jerusalem. On this map, various colors define Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights.

On the new grafted maps, the colored areas undergo a ‘surgical’ procedure and these severed disembodied segments are then covered in plaster and gauze and then sutured with green thread.

The first Grafted Map was exhibited as an installation in 2015 at The Delaware Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington (Delaware) and at the Centre for the Arts Gallery in Towson University (Maryland) in 2016.

In 2016, I created a second Grafted Land Map. While grafting the West Bank from its original map, it seemed to me as if I was touching the heart of the map, while its form bore an uncanny similarity to an unborn embryo. This map led a year later to the new diptych map: Twin Embryos.

This new diptych map is composed of two enlarged and identical forms detached from their geographical surroundings. Standing on their own, yet cut off from the motherland, they show an inexorable wounded bond. Both are covered with plaster and gauze and sutured with a green thread. One twin shows an empty red space covered with gauze, while on the other identical twin the gauze dresses shredded fragments of maps.

Ariane Littman