The Kingdom 2015Perfomative Video 10:30 minutesDuring the difficult times that the Middle East has been going through, Jordan is considered to be a safe haven for the refugees from the surrounding countries. However, This situation is not a new one as Jordan has been considered the second home of Palestinians and their only path to travel.The video contains several people from different Arab nationalities -based in Jordan in the meantime- singing the Anthem of their countries or the country where they were raised or currently live in. While the videos can be understood within the broader context of the Arab struggles, it simply and persistently also tries to negotiate existence and place in this part of the world. These videos are dealing with how identity is shaped in a context of inaccessibility and loss. it concerned with barriers, land, longing and, ultimately, belonging..
During the process leading to these videos, it became increasingly clear to me how barriers, land, longing, and “identity” inform, shape and define each other. This work explores the boundaries between portraiture, identity and performance art.