20/11/2021
conversation

To exist is to resist: how much longer?

Talk with Karolina Grzywnowicz and Paweł Mościcki
Moderated by Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art invites to a talk featuring Karolina Grzywnowicz, Paweł Mościcki and Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka.

To exist is to resist reads the slogan on the Separation Wall at Qalandiya Checkpoint on the road between Jerusalem and Ramallah. In the Palestinian context this slogan is not just a metaphor. The dimensions of Palestinians resistance are multi-faceted; they involve acts of counter-memory against the systematic erasure and silencing of history, holding onto traditions and customs despite the ongoing uprooting and dispossession, laughing at the occupation and attempting to live ‘as normal despite the oppression and mounting asymmetry of the power-relations. For how much longer are we expecting Palestinians to resist the daily violence and endure the injustice they face? Is our appreciation and glorification of Palestinian peaceful resistance and everyday endurance enough? Are we western viewers- not romanticizing it, are perhaps, unintentionally, normalizing it and extending the suffering of the oppressed?

The talk will take place in the exhibition space of Everyday Forms of Resistance. Admission fee is included in the price of the exhibition ticket.