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What Does a Jew Want?On Binationalism and Other Specters$
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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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The Fish Who Became a Shahid

The Fish Who Became a Shahid

Chapter:
(p.85) The Fish Who Became a Shahid
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What Does a Jew Want?
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Aloni Udi

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0012

In this chapter, the author reflects on the politics of art in Ramallah by focusing on the Ramallah Biennale. The word “Biennale” includes within it a promise of continuity and normality; it suggests something permanent that will repeat itself once every two years. But in Ramallah there is nothing normal—and certainly nothing permanent. On the other hand, there is something optimistic in the phrase “Ramallah Biennale.” In the rest of this chapter, the author recounts the time he tried to live between Ramallah and Tel Aviv for a while and envisions the possibility that the two cities will merge. He also cites his interview with Charles Esche, the curator of the Ramallah Biennale; the restoration efforts for a historic building in the village of Salfeet; and a number of beautiful works of art in Ramallah. Finally, he comments on a mausoleum for the martyr-fish in the heart of Wafa Hourani's architectural model of Qalandia refugee camp in the year 2047.

Keywords:   politics, art, Ramallah, Ramallah Biennale, Tel Aviv, Charles Esche, restoration, Salfeet, mausoleum, Wafa Hourani

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