Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: Edinburgh exhibits Nakba memorial plans

Electronic Intifada, 10th October 2013

Omar Mohammad is sensitive to the danger that to create a monument to something is to place it in the past, to declare it to be a historical event, over and done with. As he is abundantly aware with his parents still in Syria, the Nakba is very much an ongoing catastrophe for Palestinian refugees.
“What I did here is just create an environment, an empty space for participants to intervene, to put their own stuff in the space,” said Mohammad. The museum as he envisages it is not “the traditional way of presenting something antique” but a space where people — particularly Palestinian refugees — can come to make their voices heard and to preserve their memories and objects.

The full article is here.


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