Throughout Negotiations we have challenged participants to document, explore and disseminate socially creative strategies for shaping new parameters for peace in Palestine-Israel and beyond. Coming near the end of an intense series of events, this forum is yet a further moment to think through, substantiate and enable the actualisation of such parameters. We have invited the artists, curators and activists on this panel to reflect on their own work in relation to the questions with which we began our project. A just and viable peace requires a commitment to co-labouring across divides. Our contention is that such a co-labouring necessitates ethically responsible practices of solidarity. As we begin to explore these practices, we must interrogate our social, historical, economic and geopolitical differences. In this work, accounting for and negotiating between the asymmetries in our locations, specifically as they relate to ongoing processes of colonization, become imperative. We envision this moment as an opportunity to work through these issues critically and ethically. Elena Basile, Gita Hashemi, Hanadi Loubani and Sara Matthews
• SHAHRZAD ARSHADI • MICHEL KHLEIFI • STEVEN LOFT • GALIA SHAPIRA • EYAL SIVAN • BADEA WARWAR • STEPHEN WRIGHT • ARTIST EMERGENCY RESPONSE • MODERATORS: HANADI LOUBANI AND ELENA BASILE •
Along with forum participants, we invite you to
reflect upon the following questions:
1) How do we conceptualize the relationship between
land and identity as we foreground Indigenous peoples' right to land,
resources, citizenship, self-determination and cultural identity?
2) How do we articulate ethically responsible
politics of solidarity that work towards an inclusive recognition of histories
3) How can international communities work in solidarity
with diasporic communities from the Middle East in imagining and building
the possibilities for peace?
4) How can artistic interventions help circulate
practices of peacemaking capable of confronting the material and psychic
dynamics of colonialism that sustain the historical and current continuance
of war, dispossession, repression and exclusion?
5) How do artistic responses take up the intertwined
and complex relationship between imperialism, diaspora and dispossession
in the Israel-Palestine conflict?
6) How can we counter mechanisms of censorship,
isolation and absenting - in media and politics - that hinder substantive
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