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Shimrit Lee


Astro Noise: War on Terror as (Virtual) Reality

[Laura Poitras,

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 5 February – 1 May 2016 [This review was first published on Warscapes.] On the eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, a large projection brings viewers back to the aftermath of the attacks of 11 September 2001. One side of the screen plays O’Say Can You See, a two-channel film by artist, filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras containing slow-motion footage of stunned onlookers at Ground Zero ...

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Women/Pioneers: Challenging the Myth of Zionist Egalitarianism

[Screenshot from Michal Aviad’s

Women/Pioneers, directed by Michal Aviad. Israel, 2013. “When we got here, we met the women who preceded us. When we saw their suntanned faces, we each asked ourselves: Will you give your face, your body, to this desolate land?” A hundred years ago, women emigrated from Europe to Palestine to establish the kibbutz of Ein Harod. Their diaries and letters are filled with questions, concerns, and a dream to create a new, independent woman. One writer laments that her hands ...

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Shimrit Lee


Shimrit Lee is a doctoral student in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Her research is focused on visual culture and minority communities in the Middle East.