Bisan Abu Eisheh was commissioned to build a summer school programme with Hospitalfield for FIELDWORK 2016 – NOT EVERY TENT IS THE SAME. The programme brought artists whose practice is a vehicle for their investigation of socio-political daily matters including Michael Rakowitz, Neil Cummings and the curator Andrea Thal and her team at CIC Cairo.
Not Every Tent is the Same is a quote from Um Saad (Mother of Saad), a novel written by the late Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani, who was killed in Beirut 1972 by the Israeli Mossad. When Um Saad said to her son “Not every tent is the same” she was referring to the similarities and differences between two states. One is the passive state of waiting and hoping, which conjures up an image of a refugee under a makeshift structure; the other, more active state, is about replacing waiting with taking initiative, resisting the difficult circumstances or the status quo.