Kunstforum International, Bd.161, August-October 2002
Documenta 11 - Der Rundgang (tour)
Fareed Armaly (born 1957 in Iowa, USA, lives in Stuttgart).
This statement is still true eleven years later, although the political
background referenced is much more virulent. As an American of Libanese-Palestinian
origin, Fareed Armaly takes as the subject of his Documenta11 contribution
the history of Palestine from its beginning until the present day. Inside
of the Documentahall, he has developed a spatial organisation which
proceeds from the shape of a digitized stone. For the artist, this stone
represents a symbol for the world as well as for architecture, and moreover
it is also a weapon. The title of his contribution „”From/To"
is inscribed on the wireframe and refers simultaneously to a number
of possible approaches to what is represented here. The work has been
rendered in a first version in 1999 under the condition of a possible
peace process. The actualized version has to take into consideration
the breakup of negotiations and even war. This becomes clear by way
of a detail. „From/To" is not only a single artist's work,
but developed in collaboration with a number of different participants,
among them Rashid Masharawi, a palestinian film maker. He operates as
the artist's link to a Palestine as it is represented now in the mass
media, and the actual Palestine - this because Rashid Masharawi was
born in Palestine and still lives there. The one hour film Checkpoint
allows for the viewer to watch how Israel closes down a checkpoint.
The movement from the imaginary to reality is taking place.