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Twins Embryos 2017-2018, 2017

Twin Embryos (2017-18) 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.

Similarly to the Grafted Maps, I relate in this work to a Palestinian map entitled: ‘The Holy Land, Palestine, and Israel,’ produced by the Palestine Mapping Center, edited in 2010 and sold as touristic maps in the Old City of Jerusalem.

But for Twin Embryos, I enlarge the area representing Judea & Samaria on historical Mandatory Palestine maps, and later on The West Bank following its occupation by Jordan in 1948. This space  bears an uncanny resemblance to an embryo, an embryo still lacking a definite name or political status.

Unlike in the Grafted Maps, where the embryo remained attached to the body of the disputed motherland, here the embryos are detached from their geographical surroundings and excised from the disputed mother-land’s body. Cut off from the motherland, the Embryos show an inexorable wounded bond. Both are covered with gauze and plaster then sutured with a green thread. One twin shows an empty red space covered with gauze, while on the other twin the gauze has shredded fragments of maps dressed with gauze.


Ariane Littman