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MetroPal.Is, the creation of the contemporary artist Shimon Attie, is presented in an oval configuration of eight video screens with the viewer standing within the oval.  The artist’s intention of the is for the artwork to re-imagine and re-configure the seemingly intractable Middle East conflict between Palestinians and Israelis by engaging their shared secondary-hybrid identity—that of being New Yorkers.  In many ways, the artwork is as much about what it means to be a New Yorker, to live in the United States, and to have a layered identity as an Israeli or Palestinian as it is about conflict in the Middle East.  MetroPal.Is has been crafted and edited such that, like a Greek Chorus, there are times when only one individual is speaking, or two, or eight, or none.  The commissioning and presentation of this multiple-channel immersive HD video installation originated with and was supported by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT.  Its presentation at the Benton is supported in part by the Human Rights institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs. 



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