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A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things

Chic Point Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints: Sharif Waked

009_00 / 2 July 2015


Sharif Waked, Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli checkpoints, 2013. Video still.
Sharif Waked, Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints, 2003. Video still.


Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints


5:28 mins


Body parts peek through holes, gaps, and splits woven into ready-made garments. The clothes are designed to preempt the daily imperatives of the soldiers, who order Palestinians to lift clothes and expose their flesh as they cross the checkpoints. 


Chic Point juxtaposes the fashion show with a series of documentary stills from checkpoints, placing the spectator in a position that paraphrases the soldier's gaze. The haute fashion line transfers the marking from the body to the apparel, and to the ensuing playful possibilities inherent in the relationship between the clothes and those who are wearing and removing them. 



Sharif Waked (b. 1964, Nazareth, lives and works in Israel-Palestine and the US). Waked has exhibited at various museums, biennials, and art venues, recently including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland (2015); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); Qalandiya International, Palestine (2014); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2014). Singapore Art Museum (2013); Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris (2013); Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, France (2013); Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (2013), among many others.


Chapters in this series