Borderlines

 

Video; Loop

2011

 

This video features two "viral" YouTube videos. In one video an American child proclaims her life is great and she can do anything good, in the other video a Palestinian child discusses her anger and annoyance with having to live life under the harassment of Israel. I have flipped the audio, so the Palestinian child is heard to the video of the American child and vice versa. The aim of this work is to expose any subconscious prejudices in the viewer. What happens when we hear a caucasian/American is dealing directly with the repercussions of conflict, how does our empathy shift when it is a Palestinian? Another aspect of the work is the way each child expresses her confidence, the American child says “she can do anything”, the Palestinian child ends her rant with, “what can I do”.