Since the early twentieth century, the Palestinian landscape has passed through social, political, and economic changes that have brought displacement, the fall of old towns, and the rise of new ones. This chapter reflects on the extent to which the landscape provides a medium to address resistance, as well as commemoration, in the absence of the villages and their inhabitants. To do this, the chapter looks at how gendered representations of the land have shifted since 1948 to the present day with reference to the works of Sophie Halaby (1906–1998), Tamam Al-Akhal (1935–), Mona Hatoum (1952–), Emily Jacir (1970–), and Sama Alshaibi (1973–). In doing so, it traces the movement from the inferred gendering of the land through vistas devoid of people, to the recurrent image of Palestinian womanhood, and finally, the tangible female body as represented through photography and audio-visual pieces.
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Gandolfo, L. (2021). Absence, Gender, and the Land(Scape) in Palestinian Art. In: Otele, O., Gandolfo, L., Galai, Y. (eds) Post-Conflict Memorialization. Memory Politics and Transitional Justice. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54887-2_5
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