Quiet Days at the UN

UN Headquarters, New York, NY

DISPATCH BY: TAYSIR BATNIJI

"Taysir Batniji's Quiet days at the UN is 24-minute video consisting of a single stationary shot of New York's United Nations building. Taken across the street from the UN on July 25, 2014 during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict—while Batniji was in residence at ISCP—the video comments on the inability and powerlessness of the UN to act in the face of thousands of civilian deaths in Gaza."

- Text written by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)

TAYSIR BATNIJIR IN CONVERSATION WITH DAGMAR PAINTER

The Middle East Institute hosted internationally acclaimed, Gaza-born multi-media artist Taysir Batniji in a conversation with Jerusalem Fund curator Dagmar Painter.

Batniji explores themes of displacement, mobility, and the inhibition of movement through his work, which includes video, photography, installation art, performance and painting. Traveling between France, where he lives, and his homeland, Palestine, Batniji documents Palestinian reality in a physically vivid, anti-spectacular way, inviting audiences to reflect on those realities away from the familiar and the expected.

ARTIST: Taysir Batniji

DATE: 25 July 2014