The Tethered, 2012
8 mins 49 secs (excerpt 2 mins 3 secs)
The Tethered (2012) is visually realized within 48 circles, a nod to the context of the birth of Israel in the year of 1948. The archived moments of historical strife and personal struggle are set on a stage of repetition, time and juxtaposition. Through twelve years of personal video documentation, Alshaibi's project extracts the connected yet contentious history from the familiar and often crude depiction of the on-going Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
The Tethered re-examines the struggles of the ordinary and extraordinary daily life of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, as well as the occupying forces who are contentiously engaged in the fight for power and control. Through slow and repeated actions of mediated moments, and a focus on details lost in the normalized hum of the mainstream media, The Tethered sets 'the cause' on an unfamiliar stage and through an unusual lens. By doing so, Alshaibi's video demands a humanistic reconsideration of the ignored, unexceptional, and often marginalized mediated plight of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.