We’re talking about the function; how the same icons can have dual functions, how it can play different roles in different societies. Is it a revelation or an illusion, is it real or is it not? How it’s masked and it’s a disturbed unreality because it’s already delivered. There isn’t more to talk about. Through my work I try to explore this duality through the divisions of work, through social life, across borders, through media. It’s not related to regimes and it’s not related to one’s issue; it’s about common human concerns.
CH: Is there a specific concept of truth and reality you are working with?
DH: The main concept is just the individual, a human concern. I’m doubtful about reality, about truth, about the information we have. I try to visualize the reality that basically I deal with. Rethink the truth; sometimes we don’t have the right, or the stage, or the others’ codes.
»Through my work I try to explore this duality through the divisions of work, through social life, across borders, through media. It’s not related to regimes and it’s not related to one’s issue; it’s about common human concerns.«
The truth is also a social icon represented in different means. I can be motivated by the idea, »the clearer the picture becomes the more its perfection departs from reality.«
CH: You started your artistic career in Palestine but you have been traveling quite a bit and working in different countries and institutions. What were your observations concerning the role of the icon in varied societal contexts, and how has this possibly influenced your work?
DH: My point is, each community has its own concern or consumes icons to discuss. I’m aware of the local Arab culture, but I like thinking as common human concerned through my artistic experience. Understanding, as a possibility to be anyone, anywhere, in any situation.