My performance, TOW that I performed at White Box in NYC was the beginning of a series of work that addresses racism and injustices.

In the performance of Tow, I wanted to address human conflict.

Even though we are all genetically the same, human beings have always found ways to separate, divide, and control each by harnessing religion, color, masculinity, and sexual orientation to justify their conquests.

The inspiration for TOW came from my interest in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and from my trip to Israel many years ago as well as the work by Pepõn Osorio.

I was joined together with fellow Egyptian artist Basem Hassan by a chain that was threaded through a pipe in a wall that separated us. The wall that I constructed was a replica of the Israeli wall that some have referred to as the “anti terrorist fence” or the “racial segregation fence”.

Over the course of 4 hours, we both attempted to pull away from each other to create distance which in turn, resulted in a never-ending stalemate. Two CCTV cameras and televisions were placed on either side of the wall so we could keep watch on one another. Fake glass vases were placed on a shelf that was placed at the top of the wall that would fall to the floor and shatter as the wall shook. On both sides of the conflict, innocent and fragile lives are involved.







Mark