Bodies in Motion

Rehab Nazzal

2017, 03:00 minutes, Black & White, no sound

TAPECODE 1021.08

Bodies in Motion emerged from my experience of the Palestinian Intifada (2015-2016). The work consists of hundreds of images of individual protesters, digitally converted into silhouettes on a unifying white background. The work sets in motion the still images through animated sequences of stone slinging and its distinct visual language. Every few seconds, a black and white photograph punctuates the screen, connecting the real with the symbolic, the past with the present and the local with the universal. This work deals with the logic of bodily movement, focuses on the kinaesthetic or performative act of slinging stones, and the relationship between the individuals and the collective body. The unifying symbolic gestures that mark the Palestinian uprisings that have occurred every decade or so are represented in this work, alluding to peoples’ resilience despite the disproportionate power dynamics.

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