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Under the SkinFeminist Art and Art Histories from the Middle East and North Africa Today$
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Ceren Özpınar and Mary Kelly

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266748

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266748.001.0001

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On Perpetual Conflict

On Perpetual Conflict

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Under the Skin

Rachel Nelson

British Academy

This chapter focuses on the different tactics Emily Jacir uses in her varied art practice to trouble narratives of the Palestinian occupation. It tracks through notable artworks including Where We Come From (2001–03), Sexy Semite (2002), and ex libris (2010–12), and attempts by Jacir to reveal the discursive frameworks which normalise the atrocities in Palestine. Thinking with scholars including Achille Mbembe and Judith Butler, this chapter traces the strategies the artist uses to communicate the conflict outside of these discursive traps that continually interpret and produce the oppressive reality in Palestine. And, it follows Jacir in asking, what would it take to remake (transform) the sensibility of the conflict in Palestine?

Keywords:   Emily Jacir, Palestine, Ex Libris, Sexy Semite, Where We Come From, Judith Butler, Achille Mbembe, Necropolitics

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