After hearing exhibition-inspired poetry from John McAuliffe, the final talk of the day was from Israel born artists Larissa Sansour and Oreet Ashery on their experimental graphic novel The Novel of Nonel and Vovel. In the novel Larissa and Oreet become superheroes, a device which is used to explore day to day life and politics in Palestine.
Oreet on the ideas behind the book “Palestine is a place in which fantasy does not seem so far fetched, for instance I became a weapons instructor at 19 due to military conscription. And so the idea of a superhero book seemed to make sense, we could deconstruct the situation whilst making the politics more accessible.”
Larissa on the links between politics and her art “We make art about what we know, and in our case we have to make art about politics.”