علم البيئة العالم الثالث
and other works
an earth so much like our own that it has our same creatures. magnificent fish that rainbow the oceans, huge whales that sing sonar to babies, and nurse their young, floating at sea
PALESTINIAN WILDLIFE SERIES
expanded cinema performance
arabic & english subtitles
Palestinian Wildlife Series appropriates footage
from a nature program on African Wildlife
- shot from a television set in Palestine -
to reflect on parallel issues of mediation, displacement
and extinction in relation to its subjects.
It is part one of the Third World Ecology Trilogy, which reflects on colonial devastation across animal, plant and human life.
This series is designed for
live audiences in public, non traditional
THE PAN AFRICAN ASIAN WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION
CAIRO TO CONAKRY, 1960 - 1965
slide projection + video
Combining family archives with ecological records,
The Pan-African Asian Women’s Organization,
Cairo - Conakry 1960 - 1965 reflects on a women’s rights
organization, of the same name, co-founded by the artists’
maternal grandmother Aida Hamdi,
with headquarters in Egypt and Guinea
at a time of widespread movements
for independence in Africa and Asia.
In this moving image, part of a scene entitled “Families of
Assassinated Leaders”, we see a sampling of the minerals and
animal life extracted by Belgians in the Congo between
1898 and 1961 (including that Uranium sold to the U.S.’s
Manhattan project, to make the world’s first atomic bomb).
A meeting of the Pan African Asian Women’s Organization,
Egyptian delegation, Cairo 1961.
The group is honoring Algerian revolutionaries
Djamilla Bouhired and Zohra Drif
seated, first and second from the right, with flowers.
This meeting was called by artist’s grandmother, Aida Hamdi,
who stands behind Drif and Bouhired, smiling, in black.
This film fuses an examination of radical histories of liberation
on the continent with the often overlooked histories of land
and environmental resistance central to them.
In the lower right corner of this image,
Zohra Drif and Djamilla Bourhired meet Egyptian
president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Drif, Bouhired and their commrades are also the
female protagonists of the 1966 film, The Battle of Algiers
and 1958 film Jamila, The Algerian.