Rana Bishara uses materials that connote issues of durability, fragility and ubiquity. Her materials have a metaphoric reach. Her previous work has involved cheap, inflated balloons and cactus in a wide variety of forms. Here, she recounts the news in glass and chocolate, drawing upon the properties of chocolate as a medium for images of violence culled from over 50 years of Palestinian suffering. Each pane of glass symbolizes one year of Israeli occupation. Chocolate bears a striking visual resemblance to caked blood. When printed upon planes of glass that suspend precariously on monofilament lines, its sweetness is tangible, yet out of reach.
Rana Bishara, “Blindfolded History”, 2003, chocolate silkscreened on glass, installation dimensions vary