Mona Hatoum: Twelve Windows (2013), being shows as part of the exhibtion Turbulence at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Switzerland (until January 12th, 2014)
Strewn across wire hangers, twelve-square-foot embroideries intersect and zigzag across the exhibition space. .
Each ‘window’ , its motifs, stitches and patterns, represent a central region of Palestine: Upper and Lower Galilee, Jaffa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Hebron, the coastal strip of Gaza and Central Gaza and Beersheba in southern Palestine. Following a tradition from mother to daughter for centuries is passed, each panel provides an insight into the heritage of Palestinian art embroidery, one of the enduring and tangible aspects of Palestinian culture.
Each panel was been carefully planned by Malak Abdul Rahim and highlights decades of research of Palestinian handicrafts, embroidered by the finest embroiderers of Inaash. Mona Hatoum carried out this work work in collaboration with the Lebanese initiative Inaash (Association for the Development of Palestinian Camps), a non-governmental organization that provides Palestinian women in Lebanese refugee camps an opportunity to practice their traditional embroidery techniques, and safeguard the art-practice and cultural memory they exercise. Each region of Palestine developed distinct patterns, passed on from mother to daughter, for centuries. "Twelve Windows" stands in remembrance of these distinct cultural identities, and their relationships.
However, Hatoum has folded in staggered, and bisecting wires that hold each embroidery piece via cloths pins. To view each piece the viewer must navigate both the visual and physical obstacles each panel provides. In chorus with the rest of the exhibition, allusions to threatening schisms and rifts are made…
The last image is a piece called Reflection which sits adjacent to 12 Windows. Reflection is another delicate work that plays upon transparency and lightness. A photograph of the artist’s mother sewing, taken in 1948 in Beirut, is printed on three layers of tulle. This technique gives the impression of three dimensions and movement; the subject seems present, just as it fades away.
*Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any english coverage of the exhibition she is showing this work in, and so I’ve had to rely on google translations of several german and swedish texts. Consequently i’ve had to rely on some heavy grammar and content edits by myself. If anyone can translate the original exhibition text and press release into english or arabic, please do so!
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“Choice feminism is motivated by a fear of politics. It arises in response to three common criticisms of feminism: that feminism is too radical, too exclusionary, and too judgmental. In response, choice feminism offers a worldview that does not challenge the status quo, that promises to include all women regardless of their choices, and that abstains from judgment altogether. Moreover, it enables feminists to sidestep the difficulties of making the personal political: making judgments and demanding change of friends, family, and lovers. Yet, judgment, exclusion, and calls for change are unavoidable parts of politics. If feminists are not to withdraw from political life altogether, we have to acknowledge the difficulty of engaging in politics. Political claims are partial; we will inevitably exclude, offend, or alienate some of those whom we should wish to have as allies.”
Taming the Shrew? Choice Feminism and the Fear of Politics, written by Michaele L. Ferguson
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“Some men do the dinner dishes every night. That doesn’t make their wives free. On the contrary, it’s just one more thing she has to feel grateful to him for. He, in the power and glory of his maleness, condescended to do something for her. It will never mean more than that until the basic power relations are changed. As long as men are the superior caste and hold the political power in the class relationship between men and women, it will be a favor your lover is doing you, however imperiously you demand it. And beyond that one thing, nothing else need have changed.”
Independence from the Sexual Revolution (via medusasseveredhead)
Oooooh girl. Now that I live with a lesbian couple I’ve been wondering why the dishes situation feels soooo fucking different and this articulated it perfectly.
This is really well put, and it rings true in my own situation - I do all the cooking, cleaning and childcare, but if I fuck up with any of those things, in the eyes of general society, I don’t get the blame - she does, because they think it’s still fundamentally her responsibility, she gets the blame for delegating badly. People think I’m amazing for doing normal, everyday standard shit, and I never get criticised because they think it’s a miracle that I’m even doing it in the first place. If she was doing what I do people would think of her as just a run of the mill housewife, but for some reason it makes me exceptional. It’s bullshit.
And just the way this colors all relationships with men, not just sexual, but including those with family, friends, complete strangers: basically any one one can interact with. The assumption of care on the part of women and the imperative to be grateful for anything that men do is inescapable.
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A post for men about creepy men
I wrote a post a while back about how some people are very good at getting away with doing intentionally creepy things by passing themselves off as just ~awkward~.
Recently, I noticed a particular pattern that plays out. While creeps can be any gender, there’s a gendered pattern by which creepy men get other men to help them be creepy:
- A guy runs over the boundaries of women constantly
- He makes them very uncomfortable and creeped out
- But he doesn’t do that to guys, and
- He doesn’t talk to guys about it in an unambiguous way, and
- When he does it in front of guys, he finds a way to make it look deniable
- And then some women complain to a man, maybe even a man in charge who is supposed to be responsible for preventing abuse in a space
- and he has no idea what they are talking about, since he’s never the target or witness
- And he’s had a lot of pleasant interactions with that guy
- So he sympathizes with him, and thinks he must mean well but be have trouble with social skills
- And then takes no action to get him to stop or to protect women
- And so the group stays a place that is safe for predatory men, but not for the women they target
- Mary, Jill, and Susan: Bill, Bob’s been making all of us really uncomfortable. He’s been sitting way too close, making innuendo after everything we say, and making excuses to touch us.
- Bill: Wow, I’m surprised to hear that. Bob’s a nice guy, but he’s a little awkward. I’m sure he doesn’t mean anything by it. I’m not comfortable accusing him of something so serious from my position of authority.
What went wrong here?
- Bill assumed that, if Bob was actually doing something wrong, he would have noticed.
- Bill didn’t think he needed to listen to the women who were telling him about Bob’s creepy actions. He didn’t take seriously the possibility that they were right.
- Bill assumed that women who were uncomfortable with Bob must be at fault; that they must be judging him too harshly or not understanding his awkwardness
- Bill told women that he didn’t think that several women complaining about a guy was sufficient reason to think something was wrong
- Bill assumed that innocently awkward men should not be confronted about inadvertantly creepy things they do, but rather women should shut up and let them be creepy
A rule of thumb for men:
- If several women come to you saying that a man is being creepy towards them, assume that they are seeing something you aren’t
- Listen to them about what they tell you
- If you like the guy and have no idea what they’re talking about, that means that what he is doing is *not* innocent awkwardness.
- If it was innocent awkwardness, he wouldn’t know how to hide it from other men
- Men who are actually just awkward and bad at understanding boundaries also make *other men* uncomfortable
- If a man is only making women uncomfortable but not men, that probably means he’s doing it on purpose
- Take that possibility seriously, and listen to what women tell you about men
tl;dr If you are a man, other men in your circle who are nice to you are creepy towards women. Don’t assume that if something was wrong that you would have noticed; creepy men are good at finding the lines of what other men will tolerate. Listen to women. They know better than you do whether a man is being creepy and threatening towards women; if they think something is wrong, listen and find out why. Don’t tolerate give predatory dudes who are nice to you cover to keep hurting women.
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“Forgive the trees
for the way they can’t stop shaking
even after all these years of practice.
for the days you don’t even want to try.”
— Y.Z, a dying art (via rustyvoices)
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Colonizers should not be praised for their “restraint” when they inflict less damage than they had the capacity to enact.
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Tyseer Barakat creates his images using burned materials that suggest the damage and cataclysm of Al Nakba (The Expulsion). Barakat lives in Ramallah, West Bank where he runs the Ziriab, an art space that doubles as a salon for the artists and intellectuals of the West Bank. (via)
(Source: poppoppopblowblowbubblegum, via somepalestiniankid)
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“I’m tired… I’m so tired. I thought I just needed a night’s sleep, but it’s more than that.”
— Inside Llewyn Davis. Dir. Joel Coen. (via moaka)
(Source: wordsnquotes, via 9monthvacation)
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babyduppy replied to your photo“My silicone breast petals came in, so now I can rock deep V-necks when…”
how much were they? i was looking into those but a lot of them are expensive and not reusable
They can be under a dollar, including free shipping, on ebay
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My silicone breast petals came in, so now I can rock deep V-necks when my nipples are feeling shy.
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• selcapic's from ebay but it's true to image