The Gate / Checkpoint!

In the Palestine solidarity movement, a common happening is the mock checkpoint. In these scenarios — usually performed on a college campus — volunteers dress as soldiers and attempt to present some obstacle to passers-by in an attempt to give a small taste of the subjugation and humiliation experienced by Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints. Theis Jerusalem artist Razan Akramawy (age 23) is a student in the International Academy of Art in Ramallah. 

 

Here the artist enlists two others to courageously and comically become the checkpoint itself in Palestine. Set in various parts of the Old City of Jerusalem, she imposes on the public a new regime of restriction and movement. Tourists, soldiers and citizens all must wait for her arbitrary decisions so they can move through her checkpoint, or they must evade her control.

Fake Barriers separating us from reality, I am like a machine! Waiting for the commands, my steps are counted, my eyes waiting for the green line to cross. How much you are cruel to put me in a limited space, controlling my actions and my movements. Restrict my movements, do not respect my privacy, my time, and my age, My mind only thinks about only one thing. How my body and my thoughts will pass through those iron bars as quickly as possible? Without my positive energy to be confiscated.

 

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See more videos from: Razan Akramawy 

 

Claudia Pietryga
Claudia deed zowel een sociaal-agogische als journalistieke opleiding en is alweer bijna tien jaar freelance journalist. Ze schrijft het liefste over maatschappelijke onderwerpen en publiceerde onder meer stukken in de Flair, Hallo Jumbo, Spits, Het Parool, diverse blogs, lokale bladen en uiteenlopende (online) media voor met name ondernemers.
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