Football is incredibly popular in Palestine but the occupation makes it difficult to flourish. The Palestine national team faces restrictions on travel and dozens of its most promising players have been frequently imprisoned, injured, permanently disabled, and killed after attacks and raids by Israeli forces. In 2014 two young national team players Jawhar Nasser and Adam Halabiya were shot repeatedly in the feet and legs near an Israeli checkpoint in occupied Palestine.
Palestinian football stadiums and fields have been bombed by Israeli forces and sections of the separation wall were built down the middle of the pitch at Abu Dis campus of Al-Quds University.
This project reimagines the struggle of Palestinian football through the table football game Subbuteo, with Palestinian players on crutches, wheelchairs and arrested in handcuffs attempting to play on against a rival team of IDF soldiers who oversee the enclosure and the building of Israeli settlements on the pitch.
The diorama will be on display in Berlin from this Friday at an exhibition I'm co-curating called Werbepause - The Art of Subvertising at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. After the show ends in August I intend to bring it back to display in the UK at the Museum of Neoliberalism.
Next month is the opening of an exhibition about subvertising I'll be co-curating at Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Berlin.
The opening night is on Friday 17th, 5pm-11pm. All welcome. There will be DJs and drinks.
I'll be exhibiting some new and old work in the show alongside a ton of incredible artists. The other curators and myself are hoping to show much of the history and techniques of anti-advertising artwork and the ongoing creative resistance to the commodification of both public space and the space inside your head.
The exhibition runs from 18th June-21st August 2022.
Artists include: Vermibus, StealThisPoster.org, Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives, Special Patrol Group, East London Strippers Collective, Rocco und Seine Brüder, Oneslutriot, Michelle Tylicki, Matt Bonner, Luther Blissett, Illustre Feccia, Hogre, DoublewhY_Y, Black Sex Worker Collective, Berlin Strippers Collective, Berlin Buster’s Social Club, The Yes Men, Want Some Studio, Vytautas Rimkevicius, Space Hijackers, Soofiya, Reclaim the Streets, Public Ad Campaign, Proyecto Squatters, Protest Stencil, Poster Boy, Molly Crabapple, Il Male, Hushidar Mortezaie, Hannah Meese, Guerrilla Spam, Guerrilla Girls, Gold Peg Furett, Frank Riot, Frad, Food Liberation Army, Dr. D, Dog Section Press, Dies Irae, Diego Pérez Lozano, Daniela Rey, Christina Corpse, Camille Aboudaram, Brandalism, Billboard Liberation Front, Barnbrook, Art in Ad Places, Antonio Velez, Adbusters