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Grafted Land 2016-2017, 2017

Grafted Land 2016

Grafted Map (2016) is part of the Wounded Land Series of works originating during the Second Intifada when Closure maps of Jerusalem were cut and then dressed in gauze. Usually a medical dressing used to heal wounds, gauze became a medium used in works and performances to wrap people, trees and monuments, this time to “heal” historical and national wounds inscribed in the geography of the map, the landscape and the body.

Like for the 2015 Installation, I use 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.

In the new grafted map, the disputed areas of The West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights are first surgically excised from the body of the map, then dressed in gauze and stitched with a green thread before future transplants.

The segment representing the historical area of Judea & Samaria on Mandatory Palestine maps, or better known as The West Bank following its occupation by Jordan in 1948, bears an uncanny resemblance to an embryo. This embryo, still lacking a definite name or political status, has left its negative red space on the body of the map. In later works this embryo will be definitely excised from the disputed mother-land’s body.


Ariane Littman