Arab House For Sale  (2013) 

Intervention 

The intervention took the form of a “creative real estate sale stall” at Platform Art Fair in Jaffa Port. The project was introduced as a collaboration between the prevalent real estate agency “Home Land Properties” and the artist. The stall exhibited miniature Arab – style houses which were supposed to be of real ones in the area. Buying the model house (supplied with an address) offered the purchaser an exclusive viewing for one week of the real property. However, the addresses that were supplied with the model were of places in Jaffa’s neighbourhood, which were obliterated in 1948.

The buyers could gain a half price discount for the model if they rang the company telephone line that was on a large banner behind the stall. The banner was a separate travelling art work which had previously been hung on Palestinian properties around Jaffa and depicted on one side a graphic design for the symbol of the city (when/if it was separate from Tel Aviv) and on the other side a mutated logo of “Home Land” real estate company with a phone number. A pre- recorded message was played to anyone who called the number: a well-known national Israeli poem – “I have no other country”. However, in the message the song was sung in Arabic by a Palestinian singer. The work was created as a critique of the gentrification of Jaffa, and the sale of Palestinian refugees’ property, a process in which artists and

art organizations had taken part in.