Oslo Zones

  • Oslo Zones

    In this work, dark humor is being employed to play on the word “Oslo”, as it has been a chronic word in the everyday life of Palestinians after the year 1993 when the Peace Accord between Palestinians and Israelis was signed in Oslo. Since then, the accord determined the smallest details of the Palestinians life, and it restricted their freedom of movement and divided the land they were given according to the accord into three zones, A, B, and C. 
    For this project I bought the pass card to reach all the zones of Oslo in Norway

    Installation Location: Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway 2015

    The project is consisted of five parts:
    Pass card and local commercial video: Framed Pass card, “Ruter” -the transportation company in Norway- commercials in Norwegian dubbed in Arabic to guide the travelers how to use the pass to reach to all “Oslo” zones freely and easily.
    Maps and documentation video: screen shots from Google maps application, that documents the locations of my trips to different places in Oslo zone. Dørene Lukkes (Doors Closing): Video shows clips that was filmed on the bus during the trips.
    Booklets - Installation and interventionA collection of booklets from “Ruter”, where a “fake” booklet that included the text of Oslo Accord in it, is planted between the booklets on the bus in Oslo. The painting “ The Scream” is chosen to be on the cover of the booklet
    Screen shots: This part shows the results that appear when one types Oslo Zones in Google search engine, the images ironically are mostly related to the zones in Palestine. It shows also, the result of when one tries to find a path between Tulkarem and Bethlehem on Ruter's website, the result states that there is no such one! Which sarcastically can be the case due to the occupation closures and restrictions. 
    Text: In this part two texts are displayed, the first one is displayed to be seen from the street on the way to the space: “This made possible by support from Apple, Google and Ruter.”The second text is displayed as an introduction to the space, and it is taken from a text about the history of the transportation company in Oslo: “In 1993, the western lines were upgraded and connected to the Metro, allowing Metro trains to run through city center of Oslo.”