Jayce Salloum
Elia Suleiman

Muqaddimah Li-Nihayat Jidal (Introduction to the End of an Argument); Speaking for oneself ... / Speaking for others ...

1990
This quick-paced, deft collage of excerpts from Hollywood films, television news, documentaries, commercials, and cartoons offers a critical yet humorous analysis of the pervasive influence of Western media. Subversively juxtaposing iconic scenes from movies such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and Elvis Presley’s "Harum Scarum", the video illuminates how the accumulation of stereotypical representations of Arab people and culture has created a distorted perspective on the Arab world. By using texts and clips from decades of Western coverage of events in the Middle East, the artists underscore the reality that news is typically delivered in sound bites and alarmist catch phrases. Integrating their own documentary-style footage and interviews recorded on a visit to Palestine, Salloum and Suleiman enable a counter-narrative and important questions about history and its representation to emerge.
Title
Muqaddimah Li-Nihayat Jidal (Introduction to the End of an Argument); Speaking for oneself ... / Speaking for others ...
Date
1990
Medium
Film
Materials
videotape, stereo, 40:29 minutes on betacam SP sub-master
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1998
Accession number
39702