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Coming from the Palestinian diaspora in Chile, Khamis Giacoman explores memories as traces of silenced narratives. She records and reconstructs stories of a house that lives on as a ghost in her family’s oral tradition. ‘As Close As I Get’ documents a visit to the house, still standing in Al-Makhrour in Palestine. In the film, we follow Khamis Giacoman´s own journey to the house, guided by an old photo and the stories she heard from her great-aunt Labibe.
Francisca Khamis Giacoman’s recent works deal with fragmented diasporic memories. In performances and installations, she recollects stories of migration and unfolds them at the boundaries of fiction and materiality. Her video and sound works use family archives to focus on the solidification of in-between identities.
Recently she has co-founded Espacio Estamos Bien, an art cooperative based in Amsterdam, that organises gatherings, publications and exhibitions.
Labibe Khamis, Kareem K. Khalid and Hussam Malash