In John Goba’s life, there is a gross discrepancy between the original motivation of his artistic activities and the international reception of his work.
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The aftermath of the civil war in Angola, which lasted for decades and was finally ended in 2002, was devastating: almost a third of the country’s population were refugees within their own country, many had little or no access to basic medical care and clean drinking water. Child soldiers and girls forced into marriage, landmines and a vast number of war-disabled people characterized this traumatized country.
Eyal Sivan’s first film made in 1987, Aqabat-Jaber, passing through, was about a Palestinian refugee camp, and was followed in 1996 by Itsembatsemba, in which Sivan engaged with the genocide in Rwanda; the film’s subheading Rwanda One Genocide Later points out that the genocide in Rwanda is/was not the only one. At the same time Sivan was already working on his documentary The Specialist, finished in 1999, which was about the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem in 1961. Sival pursues the question of how such cases of collective violence and mass murder can occur.
David Reeb, who taught at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem from 2003 to 2007, has participated in the weekly demonstrations against the separation wall in the border town of Bil’in near Ramallah in the West Bank since 2005. He documents the events in the border area with a video camera, uploads the footage to his website and to YouTube, and uses some of the stills as the basis for paintings. In this way, the images are disseminated in very different contexts, for example, as part of the work of human rights organizations, and as evidence in courts of law.
Adrian Piper is a conceptual artist, philosopher, and author whose work has focused on (gender) identity, racism, and xenophobia. In 1970, she became “politicized” as a result of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, the growth of the women’s movement, and the student protests against the war. In her Catalysis series, Adrian Piper physically transformed herself into an odd or repulsive person and went out in public in New York to experience the frequently disdainful responses of others. For Catalysis I (1970), she soaked a set of clothing in a mixture of vinegar, eggs, milk, and cod-liver oil for a week, then wore it on the train during evening rush hour.