Defying Gravity and Melting Point: Exhibition of video installations by Rowan Al Faqih
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” (Stephen Hawking)
The term gravity, in this video installation, refers not only to the natural force of gravity, but to all kinds of ties that weigh us down, that prevent us from moving forward. Gravity is the force that needs to be overcome in order to cross a frontier or reach a new state of being, the transformation we need to go through both collectively and as individuals to break free.
The point at which matter changes from solid to liquid.
The work uses news items from the Palestinian daily newspaper “Al Fajer” newspaper published in 1987, the year that preceded the First Uprising (Intifadah). The videos provide both a chronological and thematic visual presentation and insight into the life and history of one nation during one crucial year, that eventually lead to the eruption of a popular uprising.
Rowan Al Faqih is a researcher and filmmaker working with different forms of documentary and experimental video. Her films include Summer of 85 (2005), Security Leak (2006), and H1 H2 (2010), which have been selected and screened at various film festivals and locations internationally such as Oberhausen, Locarno, Visions du Reel, Docusur, Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume, Macro Contemporary Art Museum, Cinema Tout Ecran, Carthage and ArteEast Touring Program.