[Sharif Waked, Khumus (2008). Image from artist's archive]
Sherene Seikaly recently wrote a beautiful article about Sharif Waked’s outdoor installation at a Palestinian restaurant (pictured above):
Just outside a Palestinian restaurant, named “al-Bayt” in the recently recognized village of Ayn Hawd southeast of Haifa, a table and two chairs stand precariously balanced on a steep slope. From a distance it is a pretty scene that promises the serenity of a picnic. On closer look, there is deformity and fragility. Together they offer an incisive reflection on those many moments when the Palestinian everyday in Israel meets the persistent apprehension and restlessness of memory. Sharif Waked’s installation Khumus tells of the inextricability of two communions—one that is untenable in the present and another in the past that has been made absent.
Read the full article on jadaliyya.com