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After advertising on the ArtSchool Palestine website for a Palestinian artist with whom to collaborate, Ashery was approached by the Ramallah-based artist, illustrator and renowned architect Sameh Aboushi. Aboushi and Ashery sustained a long email exchange over many months, until they met at Qalandia Checkpoint and spent time together in Ramallah. Necessary Journey charts Ashery’s meeting with Aboushi, as well as other footage including Ashery’s father searching for his grandparents’ shoe shop in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s old city. The video is an attempt to locate Ashery’s family history as Palestinian Jews within the current reality of Israel and its place in the Middle East. The video ends with a quote from Jean Genet’s Prisoner of Love.

Ashery has consistently grappled with ways of contextualising cultural and artistic collaborations between Palestinians and Israelis as part of her practice. Relevant works include elements of the project Welcome Home, as well as The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, a book publication, residency and live events with the visual artist Larissa Sansour.



Additional project information: Welcome Home dedicated project website

Additional project information: Necessary Journey is included on the Live Art Development Agency’s on-demand DVD of Ashery’s work

Additional project information: View an extract via The Center for Digital Art’s Video Archive

Essay: Melanie Keen and Eileen Daly (eds.), Necessary Journeys, Arts Council England, 2005

Review: Emily Spears Meers, ‘Necessary Journeys: Travel Diary Palestine/Israel’, Bidoun, Spring/Summer 2006

Review: Barry Schwabsky, ‘Oreet Ashery DVD’, MAP, Spring 2008

Essay: David Overend, ‘Journeys in Live Art: a study room guide’, Live Art Development Agency, 2012

Additional project information: e-flux

Additional project information: No Man’s Land film programme

Additional project information: Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid