Raeda Saadeh was born in Umm al-Fahm, Palestine, in 1977 and studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, where she lives today. Saadeh’s work uses the body as a tool to explore identity, gender and space as well as the relationship between place and the self. Her performances, videos and photo works are preoccupied with borders as a cultural, topographical and physical phenomenon.
The two-channel video performance Vacuum shows the artist vacuuming the barren hills of Palestine. This absurd but simple act not only casts a critical shadow on gender roles, but also relocates the act of vacuuming and cleaning, which is traditionally ascribed to women, from the private sphere into a politically charged space: “In one sense, however, the mountain is already ‘cleaned’: it contains only stones, no people live in the area. Viewing this work, a Palestinian spectator couldn’t help but recall the Zionist slogan: a land without people for a people without a land.” (Aida Nasrallah)
Courtesy Raeda Saadeh
Two-channel video installation, colour, sound, 17:07 min
To be seen in
Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, 7 October 2011 – 15 January 2012
conflict, failure, housework/carework, private/public, resistance, violence