In 2021 Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam presented Francisca Khamis’s performance As Close As I Get as part of the exhibition Temporary house of Home. AVOIDSTREET was invited to design Khamis Giacoman's outfit.


Coming from the Palestinian diaspora in Chile, Khamis Giacoman explores memories as traces of silenced narratives. She records and reconstructs stories of a house that lives on as a ghost in her family’s oral tradition. As Close As I Get documents a failed visit to the house, still standing in Al-Makhrour in Palestine, but inaccessible to her family. A video merges Khamis Giacoman´s own journey to the house with the memories told by her great-aunt Labibe. To regain access and keep the memory of the house alive, Khamis Giacoman traces its floorplan in a series of activations. A set of steps reconstructs a part of the house and invites the visitors to rest.


Photography: Carmen Gray

Performance by Francisca Khamis