Date of Award

Fall 1-5-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

A.K. Burns

Second Advisor

Carrie Moyer

Academic Program Adviser

Carrie Moyer


Within this paper I will explore my Arab-Jewish identity by confronting the historical development of that term. I will look at the ways in which collective memory and photography are utilized to construct images used as colonizing tools to assimilate Arab-Jews into Israel and Palestine after 1948 as part of Zionist Ideology. In an effort to explore productive forms of collective memory, I will investigate the way food and hospitality are used as a vehicle to strengthen this cultural diaspora. I will conclude by discussing my thesis installation in which the gallery is activated by food preparation and consumption, ceramic vessels on display, and borders being broken down through the political act of communing.

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Fine Arts Commons



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