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We All Live in Gaza: 
A multimedia arts Installation designed to travel the globe

   
Picture a warm summer afternoon in August, the annivery of Israeli's incursion into Gaza 2014.  A team gathers along the Thames River, London. They are about to assemble a unique architectural structure that will live in the UK capitol for the days ahead.

Within this temporary architectural space life-size free-floating images will be hung from an overhead grid along with original Gazan artwork.  The environement will encourage visitors to walk around and amongst the photographs and artistic works, augmented by video oral histories and an aural surround sound environment.   
 

   
Under the siege, an Israeli force controls virtually every aspect of life for the population of Gaza; who can enter and leave, the amount of export and import, the amount of electricity allocated. The restrictions are draconian. The question is why this is happening. Why is it allowed to continue?

To help answer this critical rhetorical question the We All Live in Gaza installation is divided into four sections, each a visual chapter.

Chapter One: the questions are posed. Visitors enter the installation through multiple banners with “factoids”and photographs that create a sense of mystery; as after all, the reality of life inside the siege is indeed an opened ended question.

Chapter Two: the Gazans are met. Here visitors enter the gallery section of the installation where they are introduced to the men, women and children of the community. With the fabric life-size images hung at eye level visitors are encouraged to leisurely walk between and among the images.  The impact of the faces is enhanced with surround sound audio tracks containing oral histories, along with the cacophony of
sound heard in Gaza; children playing in the schoolyard, the bark of dogs, the call to prayer, the constant hum of drones above, the thunder of fighter jets flying low.

Chapter Three: questions are asked - answers are offered. The visitors enter a darkened section of the environment. Here they will find large video monitors. On these video screens residents of the community pose questions heard constantly in Gaza. Why are our homes under attack.? Why are we not allowed to rebuild? Why can’t we travel outside Gaza for medical assistance or education? Why has our economy been crushed and our factories destroyed?

On parallel monitors answers are given from Palestinian and Israeli policy makers, authors, journalists, and academics. It will be for the site visitors to judge the validity of the video-taped responses. (Note: If funding is available the aim is to do instant polling for graphic display in the installation and online)

Chapter Four: a time for conversation. Upon exiting the video environment visitors can enter a comfortable pop-up café where they can sit for a coffee or tea and Arabic sweets. Here they will find books, publications, art work and informational resources on the conflict and will have a chance to meet and talk with Palestinians from the region. Incorporated into the cafe will be a performance space where daily documentary screenings, theatrical performances, music events, lectures or seminars will be scheduled; all to keep the dialogue and discussion open-ended and alive.
   
HERE YOU CAN VISIT OUR FIRST PALESTINE INSTALLATION CREATED FOR ARTPRIZE 2013.  

OVER THE COURSE OF THREE WEEKS THE ARTWORK AND VIDEOS WERE SEEN BY OVER 200,000 VISITORS.