Through the Mask

Rehab Nazzal

2017, 04:13 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1021.07

Through the Mask is composed of several moments of violent and massive teargas attacks, dominated by the sounds of Israeli teargas launchers, called “Venom” developed by US Combined System Inc., firing hundreds of canisters, protesters suffocation and coughing, ambulance sirens, and my own breathing. Through the Mask is exhibited in an entirely enclosed space inside the gallery and viewed through an opening made of the same gasmask I used to record the footage. The gasmask is placed through the wall of the enclosed space. Viewing the image in such a distant and restricted way raises questions about what is missing from the image and discourses of settler-colonial violence and power—distant, yet the smell and sound of the experience infiltrate viewers’ senses.

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