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EXHIBITION | Ground Truth: Testimonies of Destruction and Return in Al-Araqib

  • Italian Academy for Advanced Studies 1161 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Ground Truth: Testimonies of Destruction and Return in Al-Araqib
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 5:30PM
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies

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Exhibition on the theme of Bedouin ownership of Negev lands and the ongoing Israeli state campaign to uproot the Palestinian Bedouin from the northern threshold of the desert. A joint project of Al-Araqib Popular Committee, Zochrot and Forensic Architecture (Goldsmiths University, UK).

Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
(Between 116th and 118th Streets)
New York, NY 10027

Exhibition Dates:
October 10th - November 1st, 2018
Monday through Friday
9:30AM - 4:30PM

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The exhibition presents an ongoing investigation undertaken by the inhabitants of the Palestinian-Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, Forensic Architecture and Zochrot, which aims to collect, document and produce historical, legal, spatial and material evidence that map historical remains of Al-Araqib villagers’ sedentary settlement on their land – a moment before they disappear.

The term “GROUND TRUTH” refers to a process of anchoring elements of a representation to its source. Just as a satellite image analyst needs to compare pixels in an image with empirical data on the elements on the ground in order to calibrate material, colour and scale, so does this project, by aligning elements of historical and contemporary aerial photos with their equivalent elements in physical space. Thus, this exhibition highlights the ever present gap between reality and its representation, and the importance of such anchoring in testing different possible realities.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an afternoon symposium on October 11th, 2018.

Curator: Debby Farber, Zochrot
Principal Investigator: Prof. Eyal Weizman (Forensic Architecture), Project coordinator: Ariel Caine (Forensic Architecture)
Al-Araqib Committee: Nūri al-Uqbi, Sheikh Sayah al-Tūri, Aziz al-Tūri, Ahmad Abu Mdigam, Salim Abu Mad'im, Awad Abu- Freih, Sabah al-Tūri, Mariam Abu Mdigam

This event is co-sponsored by Studio-X Amman at Columbia GSAPP and Columbia Global Centers | Amman, The Heyman Center for Humanities, and the Department of Religion.