On July 4, 2018, Mona Gazala was completing an artist residency in Peoria Illinois, enjoying the comforts of her hosts' sprawling suburban home and their acres of peaceful wooded hillside. At the same time, the residents of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank were facing the demolition of their village and their forcible expulsion by Zionist forces.
This video explores the wealth built on colonial violence. This is the asymmetry achieved by Caterpillar Incorporated's ability to build up western economy while simultaneously destroying Palestinian peace. This video also recounts part of the artist's journey to Chicago to retrieve a piece of rubble from a destroyed Palestinian home.
My sincerest thanks to the artist community of Peoria for welcoming me and allowing me to research and complete my projects there, and to Noor Abuarafeh, Emily Jacir and Michael Rakowitz for your essential collaboration.

  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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