Berlin

Nida Sinnokrot, Jonah’s Whale, 2014, steel, gypsum, Styrofoam, carpet, vinyl, plastic conduit, aluminum, foam, fabric, 7' 10 1⁄2“ × 15’ 9” × 39' 4 1⁄2". Photo: Trevor Good.

Nida Sinnokrot

carlier | gebauer

Split into three administrative divisions, intersected by barriers, pierced by settlements, and punctuated by rapidly erected high-rises, the West Bank is visibly dismembered terrain. Nida Sinnokrot’s solo exhibition “Expand Extract Repent Repeat” offered poignant reflections on the role of real estate in the geopolitics and economics of the region. The centerpiece of the show was the Palestinian-American artist and filmmaker’s 2014 installation Jonah’s Whale, which consists of an overseas shipping container surgically sliced into a line of eleven freestanding segments. The background to this piece is not only that shipping containers have been widely appropriated as flexible modules for low-cost housing all over the world, but that Israeli settlers often illegally place them on strategic outposts in the West Bank before more solid settlement structures can be built. This particular

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