The Public Outreach Program aims to promote Palestinian contemporary culture and life through creative encounters that target primarily the younger generation of artists and performers. It is a platform to showcase young talent in music, art, literature and cinema, as well as presenting a rich program of talks and performances about the city and its history, interpolated by an assortment of culinary activities involving local chefs and non-professional members of the community. Artists, writers, historians, musicians and performers are invited to give public performances including talks, discussions, readings, shows and film screenings with the aim to bring together community members and creative individuals in a shared space for experimentation, entertainment and free expression.

To Be Continued

Sharif Waked

Darat Al Funun, Amman as part of Jerusalem Show selection

To Be Continued references the “living martyr” videos. They document a man or woman posing to be filmed for the last time alive, announcing the will and determination to carry out a suicide operation among their enemies.

This video re-enacts this scene but confiscates the living martyr’s final text. It entangles him in another text that was also narrated between life and death. The living martyr is made over into the narrator of A Thousand and One Nights. He tells the tales of Scheherazade, one of the most powerful and famous women in the word of literature.

To Be Continued overturns the familiar videos of the suicide bombers’ last will and testament through an unending process of reading and narrating. It transforms this terrifying moment of sacrifice, the killing of the self and the other—into a state of perpetual postponement.

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Sharif Waked is a Palestinian visual artist born in Nazareth in 1964. He received a degree in Creative Art and Philosophy from Haifa University (1983-1986) and continues to live and work between Nazareth and Haifa.