The phenomenon of invisibility can be used as a metaphor for specific people, ideologies, utopian ideas, ways of living whose representation is denied or not authorized. The ghostly reality is a result of the denial or refusal to give language or a voice to something. The ‘ghostly’ in our context will be examined as a moment where the borders between what has been approved as real is set in contrast to the phantasm and the illusion as fragile and imprecise. The ghostly apparition makes appear the in-between, it is a rupture in order that allows for consciousness about borders, exclusions and suppression. Blackmarket in Jaffa will concentrate on the invisible and erased in various fields of knowledge. It will bring to light cultural, economic, social and political models that we have forgotten or ignored, memories and stories we prefer to erase, ideas and concepts we censor or misunderstand. We will present ghostly figures of the past and present, living dead of all sort in mythology, present times and local history – lemures, vampires, zombies in film and literature, jinnies and demons, present absentees, phantoms and the social context in which they appear. The ghosts of Jaffa will bring back the suppressed and forgotten past and will try to offer with it some possible opportunities for the future.
“On Invisible, Unknown and Ghostly Knowledge” had been also the topic for the Blackmarkets in Warsaw 2005/06. Finally it worked out, for the first time!, to repeat and recycle a Blackmarket subject. Several polish experts will be present in the Jaffa Blackmarket.
The Blackmarket knowledge is offered in the following languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish