EXT. KORO/Public Art Norway, Oslo, 19. – 22. September, 2009 and Liverpool Biennale 2012
The performance was an official opening of a Palestinian embassy.
The Palestinian flag as a hot air balloon with ‘Palestinian Embasssy’ written in English and Arabic glides over the city. Inside the balloon basket prominent politicians and academics discuss the Palestinian people’s situation and their limited democratic and diplomatic latitude. Ambassadors representing the Palestinians, dr. Mustafa Barghout, Nobel’s peace prize nominee in 2010 and human rights activist Hanin Shakrah. With them Stein Tønnesen (former director of PRIO – Peace Research Insitute, Oslo) facilitating the discussions between the academics and politicians. The conversations were broadcast live to the audience on the ground watching the balloon.