Art, Culture and Globality

Finding Reggae in Shanghai

A look inside China’s reggae scene with musician, Jado. The country’s connection with reggae dates back to the 19th century, when Chinese laborers were sent to Jamaica.

Jado’s Soundcloud:

Produced and edited by: George Zhi Zhao

Shot by: Nicholas Ko and George Zhi Zhao

Written and Voiceover by: Dolly Li

Animated by: Ray Ngan

Mastered by: Victor Peña

Music: Audio Network

Freedom Visuals

Batan al-Hawa, Silwan, East Jerusalem (2019). Photo by Kobi Wolf

I Witness Silwan: Who is Watching Whom?

by Susan Greene

Previously published in The Jerusalem Quarterly, No.82, Summer 2020 —


“I Witness Silwan” is an art installation in the Silwan neighborhood of Israeli- occupied East Jerusalem. The installation features large images of eyes — belonging to philosophers, activists, and artists — that dare to look back at the occupying forces and bear witness to the colonial violence that is wielded against the Palestinian people. “I Witness Silwan” looks the ‘colonial gaze’ in the eye, asking: Who has the power to look and why?Whose sight counts? Concurrently the process of creating the imagery involves a looking and witnessing of the colonial occupation in East Jerusalem. The images are created and installed by an international collective of artists and activists working with the local population, and will soon be supplemented with oral histories accessible both on-site and remotely. In this way, “I Witness Silwan” generates a global gaze within the region, making visible what was invisible and enabling and empowering others to bear witness, in solidarity with the Palestinian people, to colonial violence and dispossession. The article describes the art installation and the social, political, and economic context around it as well as its collaborative and creative process. It includes testaments to the social and political impact of the installation written by community leaders and project participants.

Bio: Susan Greene is an interdisciplinary artist and clinical psychologist. Her practice traverses cultural arenas including video, new media, public-art and murals. Greene’s work focuses on the psychologies of space, intersections of trauma, creativity, memory, resilience, and resistance. Specifically, she is concerned with the ways in which architecture and tourism reinforce and reimagine borders, migrations, environmental and racial justice, and decolonization.

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