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An exhibition with Fazal Sheikh tracing the dispossessions and displacements of the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, and their impact on Palestinians, Bedouins, and Israelis

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Al-'Araqīb

A series of photographs, historical documents and materials that present a fragmentary history of the village of al-'Araqīb, destroyed and rebuilt more than eighty-five times

Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Memory
  • Politics / Economics

Opens to public

03/22/2016

Al-'Araqīb consists of historical documents and materials, along with contemporary photographs by Sheikh, that present a fragmentary history of the village of al-'Araqīb, which has been destroyed and rebuilt more than eighty-five times in the ongoing "battle over the Negev," an Israeli state campaign whose aim has been to displace Palestinian Bedouins from the northern threshold of the desert. The shifting demarcations of this land--confirmed by the various materials in the vitrine, including land contracts, the different maps and historical traces of earlier Bedouin settlements, and photographs and documents that record Bedouin presence historically and in the present--have advanced and receded over the years in response to colonization, cultivation, displacement, urbanization, and even climate change. These materials have appeared in Eyal Weizman's response to Sheikh's Desert Bloom series, an essay that, incorporating historical aerial photographs, contemporary remote sensing data, state plans, court testimonies, and nineteenth-century travelers' accounts, explores the Negev's threshold as a "shoreline" along which climate change and political conflict are deeply entangled. The collaboration between Weizman and Sheikh, published under the title The Conflict Shoreline: Colonization as Climate Change in the Negev Desert, has been submitted as evidence for the "Truth Commission on the Events of 1948-1960 in the Negev," an initiative of the NGO Zochrot.

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Photographs from this series and related historical documents will be displayed at:

Slought
Philadelphia
March 22–May 1, 2016