Empathy Sessions
5th Istanbul Design Biennial

Party on the CAPS

Meriem Bennani, 2018
26’ 
English with Turkish subtitles

Party on the CAPS follows the inhabitants of CAPS, an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where refugees and immigrants ‘illegally’ traversing oceans and borders are interned. When international travel has been streamlined into teleportation, Party on the CAPS imagines the structures of displacement (physical and psychological) imposed upon immigrants intercepted by the United States. For Bennani, liminality of identification is often what defines diaspora. CAPS is a physical manifestation of that liminality, with its residents existing between geographic endpoints, states of citizenship, ages and genders.

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