AAA/CASCA Executive Program Committee
Executive Session - Oral Presentation Session
My paper explores the spectacle of border protests and protesting the spectacle of borders in Palestine. In specific, I look at two forms of protests against settler colonial borders in Palestine. First, the work of Palestinian visual artists in unsettling the militarized borders in the West Bank, more specifically the Wall; Second, the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip, which formed a strong visual spectacle against carceral borders. The Wall as a colonial spectacle is argued to be Israel’s largest and costliest infrastructure project since the 1950s-60s construction of the Israeli National Water Carrier. The Wall, thus, is a return to the beginnings of Israeli settler-colonial nation-building which relied heavily on the domination of large-scale state projects that altered the land and natural resources. The spectacle of the Great March of Return is made possible because of the mobilization of thousands of Gazan protestors near the buffer zone with Israel, who created a wall of smoke from burned tires to block the Israeli snipers’ sight.