Uriel Orlow's Unmade Film: The Proposal

(a performance-lecture, 45 mins) 

Doors open 7pm  Event starts 7.30 pm


Free entry / Donations

The Proposal is the last in a series of audio-visual works that point to the structure of a film without ever fully becoming one. It takes as its starting point the mental hospital Kfar Shau’l in Jerusalem. Initially specialising in the treatment of Holocaust victims– including a relative of the artist– it was established in 1951 using the remains of the Palestinian village Deir Yassin which was depopulated in a massacre by Zionist paramilitaries in April 1948. 

Musical performance from members of Raast Collective (oud, guitar and voice).

John Smith presents Dirty Pictures (video, 14 mins). Moving from one hotel in Bethlehem to another in East Jerusalem, the filmmaker encounters a series of problems involving a ceiling, a video camera and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Dirty Pictures is the seventh episode in John Smith’s Hotel Diaries series. 

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Followed by a discussion about politics and art.  What sort of critical engagement with Israel/Palestine are British-based proposing? What are the opportunities and the limits of art in a situation of injustice and on-going trauma?  Palestinian artists have called for a cultural boycott of Israel - how should British artists respond?

 Middle-Eastern food by Alia available from the bar

 Catastrophe Club is a project of Hackney Palestine Solidarity Campaign
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