The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and some of its most pressing core issues, including the so-called “right of return” for Palestinian refugees, are among the weighty subjects that viewers can look forward to at the 7th Berlin Biennale. So weighty, in fact, that one of the pieces on view at the exhibition—a one-ton, nine-meter-long Palestinian “key of return”—was dismounted from its home at a Bethlehem refugee camp in March and flown across thousands of miles to be installed in Germany.
The piece called “Key of Return” was crafted in 2008 by residents of the Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem, who claim it is the largest key in the world. Its creators are working to have the key recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
According to the Berlin Biennale’s website, the enormous steel key, which was mounted at the entrance to refugee camp, is a “critical manifestation of nonviolent expression and a means of overcoming victim portrayals.”
To watch the “key of return” being moved from Bethlehem, click below.