Fadl Fakhouri
A Banned Surveillance
Single-channel video

The surveillance of communities is executed through a depersonalized, intrusive lens. A Banned Surveillance assigns a human to this lens, aiming to explore responses to being watched by literal eyes. Participants in the video hail from the surveilled populations of president Donald Trump's list of banned countries. Restricted from immigrating to the United States, the work brings them here regardless. The eyes vary in scale, either being human-sized and placed at the height of the artist, hoping to emit intimacy on common ground, or enlarged to take on a Big Brother towering appearance.
FADL FAKHOURI (b.1997, San Francisco, CA) is pursuing their MFA at Columbia University and holds a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California Berkeley. Fadl has exhibited work at SFAI (San Francisco), A.I.R. (New York), Times Square (New York), Jacobs Institute (Berkeley), and Worth Ryder (Berkeley).