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, 2003. Video still.
Image courtesy of the artist and Gallery One.
Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints
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.