Specters of Stones
Audio walk, approximately 35 minutes
“Unmade Film: The Staging”
Haunting can be considered as a gesture across time; haunting is both temporal rupture and unstable representation; haunting is a form of dispossession but also a form of return; haunting points to unfinished business—the extension of the past into the present.
In April 1948 Deir Yassin was attacked by two Jewish paramilitary groups and over 100 villagers were brutally killed. The massacre of Deir Yassin is considered to be one of the pivotal events that led to the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from many towns and villages. In 1951 a mental hospital was established on the grounds of Deir Yassin, incorporating the buildings that remained intact after the massacre. Initially treating Holocaust survivors, the psychiatric clinic is today also known for its treatment of and research into the so-called Jerusalem syndrome.
“Specters of Stones” explores the many implications of this superimposition, listening to the echoes of place and looking for the shadows of the past in the present. Two works are presented: An audio-tour through Deir Yassin spoken by acclaimed actor Mohammad Bakri and a silent video presenting a series of tableaux vivants that emerged out of a collaborative workshop held in Ramallah and Jerusalem together with Frances Rifkin, Ibrahim Alhindi, Fida Ghneim, Hussam Ghosheh, Dirar Kalash, Etienne Lopes, Aisha Majid, Airida Poskute, and Diana Prim.
Uriel Orlow is an artist, educator, and writer born in Zurich and based in London, where he is also senior research fellow at the University of Westminster. Orlow’s work explores the spatial and imaginary conditions of history and memory, focusing on blind spots of representation and forms of haunting. Orlow’s work has been exhibited internationally, including The Deep of the Modern, Manifesta 9, 2012; Chewing the Scenery, Swiss Off-site Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, 2011; Essays in Geopoetics, 8th Mercosul Biennial, 2011; Farewell to Postcolonialism, 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, 2008; and international group exhibitions and screenings.