The project “The Road Leads Me To … New York 2013" is a continuation of the London project “The Road Leads Me To… London 2012”.
It was a daily visual diary that I did by collecting paper and scraps of public spaces and places that I visited during my stay. A transfer of the daily routine act out of its public context to the private one, through the scraps that I randomly collected on a daily basis to become part of a personal memory represented in a daily visual collage linked to an act, an act linked to time and place, to become diaries and keys to a memory somewhere. The project was also a daily reconstruction of self –identity through what I was exposed to; a combination of politics, society, religion, economy and sex… and their impact on the formation of self-identity.
Where I worked on the visual diary with the addition of what was daily circulated by U.S. newspaper on the Middle East; a combination of self – experience and involvement in American culture and how the media of this culture deals, day by day, with the region from which I come; a combination of contradictions that I tried to focus on through this experience.
The Road Leads Me To New York 2013 is a continuation of the London project “The Road Leads Me to… London 2012".
The collage is a visual diary. It’s a collection of paper and scraps of public spaces and places that Alhroub visited during his stay in New York. Out of them every evening, day by day, it becomes
a diary. Through this work, the artist transfers those papers out of their public context to the
private one. The scraps that he randomly collected on a daily basis became a part of a personal
memory, represented in a daily visual collage. The project was also a reconstruction of self-‐identity, shaped through what the artist was exposed to, it’s a combination of politics.
Series: Series 1 in the collection of Bank of Palestine
Signature: On the front
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Gallery One
Gallery One 2015
About Bashar Alhroub
Palestinian, b. 1978, based in Ramallah