Chic Point

Sharif Waked

2003, 07:15 minutes, colour, No Dialogue, Closed Captioned


Fashion for Israeli checkpoints.

The most salient feature of Palestinian life has become the Israeli imposed closure. Through hundreds of checkpoints, the Israeli occupation forces curtail people's movement, and subject them to humiliating surveillance. Today, Israeli's regard the individual Palestinian body as the most dangerous weapon. In order to pass through checkpoints, Palestinians are forced to lift their clothing and reveal their abdomens, to prove that they are not carrying explosives, that they are not walking human bombs.

Chic Point is a 7:00 video shot in a fictional location: The occupation catwalk. Employing all the conventional codes of a fashion show, models reveal their abdomens in outfits designed especially for that purpose.

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