Conceived by Yael Bartana, this public performance challenged systems of violence and displacement through a symbolic burial and a call to action. This performance included a public procession through Philadelphia ending at Independence Hall, a burial of weapons (both literal and metaphorical), and a series of eulogies about war, peace, and democracy.
The burial of weapons was inspired by Israeli dance composer Noa Eshkol and their performance at Kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta'ot (the Ghetto Fighters’ Kibbutz), which was commissioned in memorial to the tenth anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The movements used in the burial were compsed by Mor Bashan.
Images of the weapon burial (top, below) Jacqueline pictured top (fourth from center, right) and below (first row, right)
Images of Public Procession to Independence Hall
Documentation of Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies! A public performance by Yael Bartana. September 22, 2018, Philadelphia, PA. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Realization of Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies! was made possible through a commission from the Philadelphia Museum of Art with major support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and other generous donors.