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IMPERMANENT


Directed by | Mario Rizzi

Genre fiction  |  Length: 15mins  |  Year of production: 2006


Ali Akilah is 96 years old and today lives in Amman. He was born and lived in Lifta, the Palestinian village whose area today corresponds to West and North Jerusalem. He graduated in Medicine in Beirut and worked as a doctor in Haifa until 1948. On one screen of this twoscreen video piece, he recalls personal events of his life, mainly connected with living in Palestine before the Nakba. The feeling of “permanent impermanence” which permeates his words is strengthened by the images on the other screen: images of a group of youth, working together to dismantle a “temporary” road block in Izbet Altabeeb, near Qalqiliya, in the presence of a growing number of Israeli soldiers. Inspired by Giorgio Agamben's writing on the “state of exception”, Rizzi's piece was shot over 4 months while the artist held a residency at the Al Ma'amal Foundation from Contemporary Art in Jerusalem, Palestine.