Art Opening: Eser Hamakot / Ten Plagues

Friday, April 14
Doors and café 7:30pm, performances at 8:00pm
Suggested donation $5–$10 — no one turned away!

Installation by Ella-Gabriel Mason
Video “you need me” by Mette Loulou von Kohl
Performance by Leila Delicious

Join Ella-Gabriel Mason and Jewish Voice for Peace at an opening reception for Eser Hamakot / Ten Plagues, featuring a video by Mette Loulou von Kohl and a performance by Leila Delicious. Enjoy a snack in the lounge, learn more about how you can support Palestinian liberation, and contribute to the installation.


The Installation:

Eser Hamakot / Ten Plagues is an installation, durational performance, and community art project that seeks to visualize the terrible impact of the illegal Occupation of Palestine. Jewish American artist Ella-Gabriel Mason has adapted a ritual from the Passover seder, marking violations of human rights under the 10 Plagues of Occupation, with drops of red wine on white paper plates. Palestinian testimonies from human rights reports, news articles, and comrades in the West Bank are interwoven among the hanging sheets of wine-stained plates. Mason intends the project as a source of political education and a way of calling their community to account for American and Zionist support of Israel and settler colonialism.

Eser Hamakot / Ten Plagues is sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace- Philly.


The Video:

you need me explores the claimed position and constructed identity of the zionist entity as one of existing in a perpetual state of defense and moral exception. Through sound collage and meditative image, it asks how my body, as a Palestinian body, can investigate this fallacy through sensuality, dominion and disgust.

Performer, Concept & Text: Mette Loulou von Kohl

Director, Editor & Collaborator: Stephanie Acosta


The Performance:

Leila Delicious (she/her) is a Palestinian burlesque artist and professional snacker, who exists at the epicenter of queer Palestinian decadence and hungry bench vibes. Her work invites breathlessness, hunger and a dive into Palestinian history and futurism. She hopes you’ll join her as we’re collectively transported to a gay free Palestine adorned with gold and fresh fruit.

The Future:

Mette Loulou von Kohl and Leila Delicious will return on April 28th to perform Eat Me Baladi. Click here for more info!

*Studio 34 is a sober space. Food and Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.