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his work critically engages the prejudices, propaganda, and institutional violence that inform Middle Eastern politics. By creating striking juxtapositions between the representations of Arabs and Islam in the media and injustices experienced in reality, Waked reveals the ways that power, politics, and aesthetics are powerfully inscribed on the surface of everyday life. Waked plays with the intersection of the cultural and political in Palestinian life by investigating the absurd idea of designing fashion for traversing Israeli checkpoints. Set to pulsating electronic music, the video begins on a catwalk where a parade of men model scant clothing designed for interrogation. The gratuitously exposed flesh alludes to the strip searches that Palestinians regularly experience at border crossings.