On June 9, 1967, the Egyptian president at the time, Gamal Abdel Nasser, appeared on television and radio to inform the Egyptian citizens of their country's defeat in the war. During the speech, he also announced his resignation. For many, Nasser's speech was the first hint of the full scope of the loss and the disillusionment with the pan-Arab vision he had led.
The film weaves numerous stylistically divergent excerpts together, extracted from Egyptian movies and television series produced between 1976 and 2016; the found footage excerpts were edited to reconstruct Nasser's speech of resignation according to the original text by using elements appropriated from popular culture.
By collecting, cataloging, and rearranging visual materials associated with that speech, Palestinian artist Essa Grayeb's film sheds new light on the challenge of conveying historical and political events via artistic means and the power cinema has on building a collective memory, especially among post-traumatized nations.
Born in Nazareth in 1984.
A Palestinian visual artist, working across different media such as photography, video, installation and text.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography (BFA) in 2019, from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
In his works, he touches upon notions of representation, absence and loss. His work often originates from an examination of his personal narratives within the collective history and memory. He uses art to challenge perceptions and explore the medium itself while often weaving in and out of reality and fiction.
His current ongoing project is a commentary on the perception of historical events in the popular film industry. Moreover, the impact popular cinema has on building a collective memory in the Arab world.
Essa Lives and works in Jerusalem.