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Loss, fragmentation on display at the Palestinian Museum

"Intimate Terrains," the current exhibition at the Palestinian Museum, displays works by artists from different generations united in their sense of longing, loss and nostalgia.
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Six long skeletal objects — thin, dark and dried up — hang from the ceiling in a small room plastered with maps of Palestine. These dried pieces of cactus, strung together and hung by thick black thread, cast dark shadows on the maps. The dark, shadowy and slightly eerie installation by Rana Bishara, aptly called “The Roadmap of Elimination,” is part of “Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape,” the current exhibition at the Palestinian Museum, in Birzeit.

“The cactus has always been part of the natural landscape in Palestine,” Bishara told Al-Monitor. “[It] has been used to fence our agricultural lands and villages for decades.”

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