Erased Narrative #6
ink on paper (in a black wooden american box)
Erased Narrative #6 features a text about the instrumentalization of history and archeology in Palestine. The poem was written on a thick paper with a heat-sensitive ink and then erased by the action of sunlight. Under certain angles of light one can still read the text. It says: "Layers successively overlap on top of each other. Archeologists agree: the more you dig, the further back in time you get. The geological layering of portions of earth allow one to travel back in time. But the selection, the arbitrary choice of which layer deserves to be looked at is nothing but political. To blind oneself to one of them, to erase it from the narrative, is instrumentalizing the past in order to justify the present." The series Erased Narrative is composed of eleven pieces appearing in Milena Desse's film The Sun and the Looking Glass.