25 November 2013 — Mondoweiss
During the recent power outages Gazan Aya El Zinati made this knockout video with clips of her friend Susan Abulhawa reading ‘Black’, a masterful harsh/heart-thrashing critical poem from her first volume of poetry My Voice Sought the Wind.
El Zinati’s artistry is mature, unexpected and disconcerting. A personal beauty-cultural-ness synchronizes, pulls in the viewer collapsing Abulhawa’s soothing luring voice with strong medicine/racist historical images, and it becomes a love poem. The fast pace and calm music (and Abulhawa always slays me ) rollercoaster’d me to tears in this four minute video.