Testimony - A Sketch (2018). An interactive installation.
Reel-to-reel tape, amplifier, headphones, table, chair, note pad, pencil, blue tape.
The texts recorded here are based on testimonies collected by Breaking the Silence, a non-profit organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since 2002. Testimonies are given in a bid to expose the reality of everyday life in the Palestinian occupied territories with an aim of ending occupation there. Testimony - A Sketch offers a snapshot of that growing archive. Specific references to the Israeli occupation have been muted and emphasis placed on military incursions to homes and aggressive scoping exercises anywhere in a bid to reflect on the repetitive nature of these practices. Blue tape on floor outlines an archetypal home, positions the viewer as central to the drama as it unfolds.
Testimony - A Sketch was first shown at What Country exhibition (2018) at Cambridge ArtSpace Gallery as part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas. See exhibition page.