Dream Homes Memory Consultants – An Investigation into the Potential of Palestinian Memory Work

Elisa Cocco, Ben Friedrich Bosse, Julie Østervang Merrild Kristiansen & Simone Henriksen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


Almost 70 years after its inception, the Israeli-Palestine conflict still relates back to the events of 1948. In this context this project works with a specific related case, the memory work in the shape of a website called Dream Homes Property Consultants (DHPC) by Palestinian artist Alexandra Sophia Handal. Following an inquiry into the possibilities and limitations of representations, we will investigate how Handal performs memory work about displaced Palestinians through the case and in which way it has a potential in “bending the frame”. Guided in our approach by the Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis (MCDA), we conduct an analysis of the interplay between text and image to explore the dynamics of Handal’s mediation of Palestinian memories, working out the presence of place attachment and Boym’s (2001) reflective nostalgia in her artwork. Finding a complex and many-layered memory work, we discuss the various potentials of DHPC to “bend the frame” in relation and contrast to other media representations. We come to conclude for our case to hold a potential in its structure and content, while facing limitations in its reach, distribution, and redistribution.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2016
Antal sider74
VejledereRandi Lorenz Marselis