New York

Emily Jacir

Debs & Co.

For “Where We Come From,” her first solo exhibition in New York, Palestinian- American artist Emily Jacir posed a question to other Palestinians living around the world: “If I could do something for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?” With her American passport and the freedom of movement it ostensibly conferred, she carried out the wishes of twenty-seven compatriots unable to return to or move freely about their home country. The records of these acts, mostly colorful photographs and a few videos, convey a quietly affecting glimpse of the devastation and intimidation that has come to define the occupation of Palestine.

Jacir’s 130-minute video piece Crossing Surda (A Record of Going to and from Work), 2002–2003, also installed here, is testimony to the strife. After an Israeli soldier tossed her passport in the mud and held her for three hours at gunpoint, the artist decided

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