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We All Live in Gaza

Maurice Jacobsen's avatar Maurice Jacobsen

A melding of art, politics and culture, "We All Live in Gaza" is a multimedia experience combining a hundred photographic images of residents of Gaza with multiple video monitors where visitors to the ArtPrize installation can hear directly from the men, women and children of the territory conveying their personal life stories. For the past six years the Gaza Strip has been under a military siege, the longest such siege in modern history. The international community shrugs its collective shoulders...."what can we do...it's not our business!" The territory is tiny, not much larger than metropolitan Detroit. Yet it is almost impossible for residents to move beyond the impenetrable concrete barriers that encompasse it. And it is just as difficult for U.S. citizens to enter. For all of 2011 and for many months in 2013 I was the only Western journalist living full- time in Gaza. As such I was able to gain trust and had complete access to the men, women and children living under incredibly stressful conditions. At the same time there is a great deal of normalcy...a desire to live a full and balanced life, to raise children with strong moral values, to enjoy an afternoon barbecue at the beach, not unlike families in Michigan. This is the point of view of our multimedia installation "We All Live In Gaza".

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: approx. 80 feet
  • Medium: Photography/Video
  • Width: approx. 80 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 10 feet