About hope in concrete

About hope in concrete

21/06/2020
Installation

As a reaction to the ever-increasing Israeli colonisation and in the very specific context of the planned annexation by Israel on July 1 2020, I made a video from an installation entitled "About hope in concrete": a trio sonata for concrete mixers performing Israel's national anthem. 

The music, divided into three frequency bands converted into electric signals, intermittently powers the motors of the concrete mixers painted in the colors of the Israeli flag in order to give back to this song its real dimension, far from misplaced lyricism to say the least. The original anthem is only present through the display in rhythm of the lyrics of the song.
The hope (hatikva) of the Jewish "people" to live on "their" land which is what this song is about, is put in direct confrontation with one of the tools of its implementation, namely the concrete of colonization. This re-contextualization operates a shift from the pure propagandist and segregationist register of this hymn — from which the Palestinians are obviously absent — to the mechanical and calculated coldness of a long work of ethnic cleansing.