Splotched with dripping mono-colored paint, each piece of the Homes & Garden series, according to Goen, features photographed members of the Palestinian resistance. They’re re-printed with acrylic ink on the Canadian wallpaper, the kind you’d see in your kitchen while opening a can of soup. In this way, you’re eased into looking at the figures longer than you intended, longer than you might’ve when the pictures of these Palestinians were originally published in magazines and newspapers. A wack world, cushioned with the familiarity of your living room.
The Black Panthers and Nelson Mandela were also scattered about the space. By putting them side-by-side with the Palestinian portraits, Goen explained, he is drawing a parallel between resistances that were, at the time, “delegitimatized” by the media. He noted that Mandela was once viewed as a terrorist, perhaps in the same way that we perceive the Palestinians in his paintings. This explains why three heads of Mandela were plastered atop camouflage.
Dash can bemoan the shattered state of his finances (“I haven’t had money in so long…”), but at least the man’s still got taste. Having Erykah Badu around helps, too.