Ground Truth: Testimonies of Destruction and Return in Al-Araqib
New Exhibition in collaboration with the Center for Palestine Studies and the Italian Academy (Columbia University, NYC)
From: 10/10/2018 17:30 - To: 02/11/2018 16:30
Aerial photograph of the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib. Courtesy of Hagit Keysar/Public Lab, Ariel Caine/Forensic Architecture, Zochrot, al-Araqib Village

Exhibition | Ground Truth: Testimonies of Destruction and Return in Al-Araqib

A joint project of Al-Araqib Popular Committee, Zochrot and Forensic Architecture (Goldsmiths University, UK).

Opening: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 5:30PM -7:30PM

Visiting hours: Monday through Friday 9:30AM - 4:30PM | Location: Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (Between 116th and 118th Streets) New York, NY 10027

The exhibition, organized by the Center for Palestine Studies (Columbia University) presents an ongoing investigation undertaken by the inhabitants of the Palestinian-Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, Forensic Architecture and Zochrot, which aims to collect, document and produce historical, legal, spatial and material evidence that map historical remains of Al-Araqib villagers’ sedentary settlement on their land – a moment before they disappear.

The term “GROUND TRUTH” refers to a process of anchoring elements of a representation to its source. Just as a satellite image analyst needs to compare pixels in an image with empirical data on the elements on the ground in order to calibrate material, colour and scale, so does this project, by aligning elements of historical and contemporary aerial photos with their equivalent elements in physical space. Thus, this exhibition highlights the ever present gap between reality and its representation, and the importance of such anchoring in testing different possible realities.

///The symposium "From Res Nullius to Terra Nullius: Revisiting Indigenous Histories, Legal Systems and Land Rights in the Naqab" will take place on Thursday October 11th between 2pm-4pm, See the following link for more details:

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Curator: Debby Farber, Zochrot
Principal Invistigator: Prof. Eyal Weizman (Forensic Architecture), Project coordinator: Ariel Caine (Forensic Architecture)
Al-Araqib Committee: Nūri al-Uqbi, Sheikh Sayah al-Tūri, Aziz al-Tūri, Ahmad Abu Mdigam, Salim Abu Mad'im, Awad Abu- Freih, Sabah al-Tūri, Mariam Abu Mdigam

This event is organized by the Center for Palestine Studies and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University and co-sponsored by Studio-X Amman at Columbia GSAPP and Columbia Global Centers | Amman, The Heyman Center for Humanities, and the Department of Religion.  

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