Mapping Procession

This project will be implemented as a part of Qalandiyah International Festival, in 2014. The project is a procession in the city of Ramallah marking the first intifada which has withdrawn not only from the everyday Palestinian present narrative but also from the geography and cityscape itself. The project is also meant to intervene and re-appropriate public space and the citizen’s relationship with it. Working with a script writer, geographer and researcher the team will build together a script of stories, maps and resources for choreographers, composers and artists to work from/with. The artists will be asked to work on a set of exhibitions on the walls of the city from the visual culture of the first intifada as a form of signage for the procession as well as performances, while music composers will work with scout groups and musicians on new compositions, and the choreographer will be working with dance troupes on contemporary and folkloric dance. Those performances will take place during the procession where they work as a marker of either forgotten monuments of the first intifada or forgotten stories that were shared by people but seldom told. The project is meant to conjure a period in Palestinian history that was overlooked and perform its remnants by working collectively in creating sound and images that subtly relate to it. This project will be performed on an annual basis conjuring an event or a historical period that has been withdrawn in favor of others that serve the present political agenda and re-appropriating public space as a site of action that is not mediated by a regulatory force. This project is designed so that the public in the streets will be able to follow this procession by coincidence, just like any other celebration that happens in the city of Ramallah, by implication. This is not an event that takes place behind walls of the institution and works by invitation; it leaves the walls of the private space to go out in the city where people are going about their everyday business and involve them. The archive of stories, texts and images on the first intifada that will result from the research phase of the project will be available to the public and readership at to be read and used for other projects