Ant Farm Nablus

TOM BOGAERT

Al-Aswad house | Al-Yassmineh | Nablus, Palestine

This work explores the problematics of aestheticizing contemporary warfare. It is designed around a map of Nablus, rendered in translucent gelatin. Offering both habitat and nutrition, the map functions as an ant farm. A colony of tunnels forms around the inhabitants’ own particular navigational and political needs.

This work reflects on a spatial technique called Inverse Geometry. As described by Eyal Weizman, this technique was deployed by the Israeli Defense Forces in their 2002 offensive against the Palestinian resistance in Nablus.

Installation for the “Between Ebal and Gerzim” exhibition produced by the Birzeit University Museum and ArtSchool Palestine

Ants