This group of objects is gleaned from the short stories of Sadat Hassan Manto about the partition of India in 1947, and the documentary writing of Ben Ehrenreich from his travels in the West Bank. The objects are crucial players in my experience of their stories, and serve as icons of those experiences. Distorted, magnified, abstracted (as all stories are), they are witness to, and documents of the extraordinary stories of ordinary people in extreme, hostile environments.
This work was made while artist-in-residence at Hacubia in Jerusalem, as part of the Postcolonialism? project organized by the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, Tel Aviv, and curated by Wendy Gers.
Photography: Shay Ben Efraim and Neha Kudchadkar