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Tarek Al-Ghoussein (Palestine/Kuwait)
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Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Self Portrait 2 (By the Dead Sea), 2003

Palestine can be seen as the Sisyphus of our time. As Sisyphus' punishment from the gods, he had to spend eternity rolling a stone up a hill, only to always have it roll back down. In the opinion of Tarek Al-Ghoussein, the Western media's presentation of the Palestinians is similar, depicting them in a seemingly endless struggle. In a series of self-portraits, Al-Ghoussein critiques the cliché of the Palestinians that seems to be ineradicable in the Western media, particlarly after September 11. In the style of Levis and Marlboro, he creates an imaginary advertising campaign in which the image of the terrorist with a headscarf and stone functions as a logo for the Intifada.

Tarek Al-Ghoussein (b. Kuwait, 1962) lives and works in the United Arab Emirates. He spent some time in an Arab prison for the series of photographs he made of himself as a Palestinian terrorist. This is an indication that the myth is also increasingly being embraced by the Arab world.