With my work of problematizing arbitrary western; want and need, to sexually “liberate” the Arab, with what I call pink imperialism, the “One Day One Struggle” launched by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, is very important. This is a true struggle, a voice of its own.
In Lebanon the organizations Meem, Helem and Nasawiya created this video campaign where different people from different part of the society talks about these issues. Listen watch and get inspired.
The campaign wesite that is called jismi "my body"
fredag 5 november 2010
Théatre de Beyrouth is hosting the two half Lebanese brothers Alan and Richard Bishop from the legendary experimental rock group Sun City Girls. The group was founded in 1981 in Arizona. With a style that is hard to categorize, somewhere in the land of experimental rock, that borders with jazz and spoken word; they became the ultimate underground rock group.
Yesterday was the legendary night with the brothers playing old Sun City Girls repertoires and tonight is the night for the brothers to play both their solo projects.
In the same time the label Annihaya is releasing their third album Sun City Girls Gum Arabic, an album of covers of the band’s repertoire.
You can read on their homepage: “Trust NO One! Investigate for yourself. Self-motivate yourself to KNOW (Not BELIEVE). Believing is for idiots. Knowing is everything. How does one KNOW? Figure it out YOURSELF! No one else can tell you or show you how."
I just found myself two mentors Amen / A of Arabia
tisdag 2 november 2010
I'm almost done with my articles about Chaza Cherafeddien's exhibition "Divine Comedy" that inspired me to write about the Amrad a while ago. I had a big portion of Molokhia today and i think that was the reason my productivity went sky high.
They say that the Druze community can't eat it because of its resemblance of sperm. Hmmmmm
måndag 1 november 2010
You can read in Jerusalem Post today that Lonely Planet has ranked Tel-Aviv as the 3:rd hottest city for 2011, and describing: “ Israel's most international city as hedonistic, tolerant, cultured, and a truly diverse 21st-century hub.”
And then comes the common way to explain for us how hot and sizzling it is, by comparing it to another international (read western) city, by calling it:” "a kind of San Francisco in the Middle East."
What I love with Pink Washing, is that in all its aggression to really make us understand how liberate and sexually free Tel-Aviv is, its still this wonderful insecurity weaved into all this.
If u writes “hedonistic” and put the word “tolerant” next to it.Does it mean that Tel-Aviv is tollerant to my hedoinism or that Tel-Aviv is tollerant in general? If a city already is hedonistic isn't the tollerance obvious? I think it's fishy already there. And after that the ever so wonderful, “a kind of San Francisco”.
All this shows to me that Tel-Aviv is kind of Hedonistic and kind of like San Francisco. So in between all this, “kind of “what is lurking? What is hiding in the “kind of”?
Maybe that a few miles away the country of this “tollerant, and truly diversed” city is un-tolerantly and treating part of its diversity like animals.
I think these pictures really show that it is no pride in occupation.
Pictures from "an Israeli NGO that collects testimonies and photos of troops who have served in the occupied territories" Read more on the blog Water in Majorca.