Caged Forms, Sebastia

Curated by Jack Persekian

Supported by Goethe Institute in Ramallah


β€œThe ephemeral and elusive breath has been associated with visual art since Paleolithic times and has been employed literally and metaphorically to explore and express concepts as disparate as creation, interaction, conflict, scientific discovery and the human condition.” -Jayne Wilton

As physical movement is constricted within Palestine, rethinking movement has been a vital part of life in the region. If one cannot move their physical bodies through space freely, the human breath can then become a form of expression against forms of occupation and physical restrictions of our space. The representation of the breath generates a sense of freedom through the making of form as well as drawing inspiration for such forms from the the surrounding context.  The ephemeral and elusive breath can be employed as a metaphysical way to explore and oppose systems of restriction. Cage blowing, a specific technique used in this case, allows for the power and force of the breath to be more visible than it would have without containment. The cage acts as a force that attempts to contain or limit movement, yet the force of the breath deform the glass surface in an attempt to defy these limits.