Palestinian Artists and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Quran, Layla K.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Global Studies
  • The question of whether artists asked to perform in Israel through official Israeli state or cultural institution invitation should (a) come to Israel proper and perform in front of Israelis or Israelis and Palestinians and (b) after finishing a performance in Israel, should come to the West Bank, is not simply a meticulous question about preference, but rather invites important questions about representation, location, and the structural positioning/ ‘identity’ of Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank. By analyzing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, I argue that how Palestinian artists follow or do not follow the guidelines of the movement in their cultural production, and how they think others should act towards it, is contingent on several highly political factors related to their geography, their structural positioning within the area surrounding them, and their relation to the Israeli state. These differences in what it means to be Palestinian play out artistically, as I show through the decisions these artists make in regard to the cultural boycott movement. For Palestinian artists, in obvious or indirect ways, the political and cultural aspects of their life do not operate in separate spheres. On the contrary, I show through the lens of the BDS movement that the choices they make in the production and post-production of their art and their thoughts on how they view the art of others is dependent on the politics of their daily lives. In this way, I also show the importance of culture in Palestinian society.
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  • Funding: Tom and Elizabeth Long Excellence Fund for Honors
  • Shields, Sarah
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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