This work consists of a two-channel film installation and a pair of images exploring the relationship between Palestinian antiquity and cultural heritage, tourism and political resistance to the Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities was created in 1994, and antiquity and traditional culture are specifically promoted in order to attract tourism. As in many countries the economy is heavily reliant on tourism. However, uniquely, the millions of visitors who pass through the Palestinian West Bank every year come with the potential to witness the impact of the occupation and leave with an altered understanding of Palestinian identity. Consequently, tourism and the subversion of tourism's objectifying nature are considered by many Palestinians as central to political resistance.
Fu-An Chen • Rich Cutler • James Finlay • Mu-Tien Ho • Elin Karlsson • Kayung Lai • Sharon O'Neill • Andrew Pengilly • Alastair Rodgers • Yuxi Si • Charles Morgan Smith • Joy Stacey • Tim Stephens •