Illustration of Palestinian Woman's face and a photo of The Gaza Strip
Rachel Gadsden - It Was Paradise.

Rachel Gadsden – It was Paradise

Under Siege by Mahmoud Darwish

Here on the slopes of hills, facing the dusk and the cannon of time.
Close to the gardens of broken shadows,
We do what prisoners do,
And what the jobless do:
We cultivate hope.

It was Paradise is a cross-cultural collaboration between UK and Palestinian artists, located in London, Liverpool, the West Bank and Gaza, which considers the effects upon individual and community of the sense of isolation and abandonment arising from physical and psychological confinement.

Inspired by the theme of Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish’s poem ‘Under Siege’, the object of the artistic collaboration above all is to cultivate hope, by the creation of visceral visual artwork, a series of digital films, animations and virtual drawings, a live artwork performance, and an interactive web-presence and book publication.

Taking a psycho-geographical approach the collaboration addresses global concerns about: migration, the lingering flight of refugee, disabled and bereaved people.

What it is to survive and to be human? What it is to empower and create a voice?

Read an interview with Rachel and Interalia Magazine. 


12 November-08 December 2018
DaDaFest, Liverpool
5-9 September 2018
12-23 October 2017
Norman Plastow Gallery

Production details

Tim Hayton in collaboration with Ann Thwaite (Director at Liverpool Arab Arts Festival)