This project constructs a counter-history of Palestine. Invoking a blue land ravaged by colonisation, it describes a dazzling geological phenomenon: vast quarries of raw indigo. Through a series of fictions and distortions, the work is a critical engagement with the uncertainty that pervades Palestine's borders, topologies and geopolitical status.
To produce this work, I collaborated with a denim producer based in Nablus. For six months, the factory operated under the immediate sightline of an Israeli tank, labouring with the threat of imminent obliteration. This work intersects the production of consumer goods with the production of history, examining the subjective distortions that take place in each process.
Date : 2016
Media: Sculpture, photography, text, HD video (6 mins)
Commissioner : Delfina Foundation / British Council
Exhibitions : ICA (London), EVA Biennale (Limerick), Blackwood Gallery (Toronto), Division of Labour (Salford)
Press : Artforum (critic’s pick), Frieze