Rana Bishara


Blindfolded History, 2003,chocolate silkscreened on glass, installation dimensions vary

Rana Bishara uses materials that connote issues of durability, fragility and ubiquity. Her materials have a metaphoric reach. Her previous work has involved cheap, inflated balloons and cactus in a wide variety of forms. Here, she recounts the news in glass and chocolate, drawing upon the properties of chocolate as a medium for images of violence culled from over 50 years of Palestinian suffering. Each pane of glass symbolizes one year of Israeli occupation. Chocolate bears a striking visual resemblance to caked blood. When printed upon planes of glass that suspend precariously on monofilament lines, its sweetness is tangible, yet out of reach.

Made in Palestine