As If

An Embodied Account

Authored by: Beatrice Catanzaro

The Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138325302
eBook ISBN: 9780429450471
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429450471-10

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Abstract

In 2010, I co-founded Bait al Karama, a women’s centre and social enterprise in the Old City of Nablus (Palestine). Bait al Karama, still up and running today, is managed by local women under the charismatic direction of Fatima Kaddumy, co-founder and community activist. Bait al Karama is a slow, immersive, and communal socially engaged artwork that mimics in its format a non-governmental organisation (NGO) initiative. As a result of this porosity between artistic intervention and social initiative, Bait al Karama has often been labelled as an initiative empowering the local women’s community.

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