The Foreigner (Palestine)
Where: Conflict Kitchen
When: Wednesday, November 3rd from noon-2pm- and weekly while the weather is nice
Through simple mobile technology Pittsburgh citizen Tracy Turner will be a human avatar for Mohammad Barakat, a 61-year-old man who is currently living in Palestinian East Jerusalem. You can have lunch and speak to Mohammad through the body of Tracy at the Conflict Kitchen this Wednesday from noon to 2pm. In this way citizens of Pittsburgh will be introduced to someone who is currently living in an entirely different cultural circumstance through the body of a local citizen right in front of them.
“The Foreigner” presents an uncanny circumstance where the separation between self and other, local and foreign, is collapsed and confused, and the geopolitical distance the United States and Palestine is made personal and local.
– Mohammad Barakat is an Arab Palestinian born in the old city of Jerusalem to refugee parents who fled from their village in 1948 due to the war. He was member of the executive committee of the Palestinian trade union in Jerusalem and currently works as a guide for educational and alternative tours throughout Palestine and Israel. He is married with 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
-Tracey D. Turner is an award-winning Pittsburgh actress and director.
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