© 2018 Hasan Daraghmeh



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Flower of Salt (2014)

5-channel HD video installation

silent, loop

Dimensions variable

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In my work Flower of Salt I used my personal video archive with footage I shot during three years (2011-2014)

in three specific Open Spaces (or Landscapes): Jericho, Ramallah, and “Al-amari” Refugee Camp.

I processed 49 hours of footage from my archive, by reducing the frame size, until the vastness of the landscape

became a texture of color, as the reduction of the frame is mimicking an immense distance between the landscape

and the viewer. And the Open Space becomes a moving pattern, where the memory of the place is reduced to

the vibration of its color spectrum.

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Still image from the video No.1

Public space Ramallah, 12 second

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Still image from the video No.2

Public space Ramallah, 17 second

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Still image from the video No.3

“Al-amari” Refugee Camp, 13 second

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Still image from the video No.4

The Landscape of Jericho, 19 second

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Still image from the main video

Jericho, Ramallah and “Al-amari” Refugee Camp, 37 second

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In this work, I explore the interlacing relationship between the individual and place. By an attempt to examine questions of

layers of identity that exists between the real and the imaginary, between invention and deeply rooted absence of narrative

and how this is situated and articulated in relation to place.

I also wanted in this work to trace memory through the place when multiple layers of time within the time are created.

Yet these public and urban spaces have inherent contradictions and are imbued with dialectical relationship between

the authority, The Architecture of Memory and everyday practices and so I try to dismantle and untangle, these layered

realities and our presence in these places through the framed moving image.

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