On the Land consisted of a series of workshops leading to a processual performance in collaboration with the students of Dar Al-Kalima University in Bethlehem, Palestine. We examined the effects of state violence, occupation and war on the land as a responsive habitat. The procession was staged as a walk in Wadi Al-Makhrour, ancient agricultural land under Israeli control. Starting with a guided tour of the historical village of Battir led by Professor Mazen Qumsiyeh, founder of Palestine Museum of Natural History, the walk through Wadi Al-Makhrour was led by students whose families’ stories of 1948 and 1967 displacements were played back. It culminated in a collective scream followed by singing of traditional Palestinian songs.
Student performers included Ala Atoun, Varvara Razaq, Mohamad Mostafa, Balqis Othman, and Manal Awad.
On the Land is available for exhibition as a single-channel video, and/or photo and audio installation.