- ROOTED -
Bethlehem, Palestine / August 2019
Artistic collaboration between the Italian-Belgian street artist Sibomana and the Palestinian contemporary dancer Natalie Salsa’.
The "Rooted" project, through the creation of artistic installations and site specific dance performances, faces the issue of illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories. The project took place in the City of Bethlehem a few months before the radical political change of the United States and its President Donald Trump towards the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Today the city of Bethlehem is almost completely surrounded by Israeli settlements and will be soon cut off from the southern West Bank.
“We wanted to stress on the fact that is it and it will always be Palestine.This project is our answer to the settlements’s politic in the Palestinian territories. The main objective of this politic is to erase slowly all traces of Palestinian presence from space and time in order to create a unique Israeli State”.
Since the occupation of the Palestinian land in 1967, the Israeli government illegally demolished 50.000 Palestinian houses and structures, confiscated more than 100.000 hectares of land and transferred more than 600.000 Israeli settlers to live in more than 150 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Settlements are illegal under international law and amounts to a war crime under the statute of the International Criminal Court.
This project would not have been possible without the help of so many people. For safety and security reasons some of them preferred to keep their identities anonymous due the climate of fear and repercussions in the West Bank. Thanks to them!
- Concept & Production: Sibomana
- Choreography & Performance: Natalie Salsa'
- Camera operators: Power Group, Sibomana
- Facilitation: Elias D'Eis, Said Zarzar
- Music: Emad Salsa'
- Video Editing: Jude Al-Safadi
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