Khaled Jarrar Stamps His Authority: Ramallah-based artist’s latest project addresses national identity

Added on by Emily Carey Gogolak.

Start in east Jerusalem, board bus Number 18, cross Qalandia checkpoint, and drive 10 kilometers into the central West Bank until you reach Ramallah’s bus station. Get off the bus and get ready for a firm handshake, a wide smile, and question that will surprise you.  “Welcome to Palestine! Can I please stamp your passport?”

Palestine is not yet an official state, but a Palestinian state stamp might be coming soon to a passport near you. Meet Khaled Jarrar. Armed with a bold idea and a black inkpad, this up-and-coming Ramallah-based artist is turning heads with his new project, Live and Work in Palestine, and getting people in the political and arts worlds alike to ask the question, “What’s in a passport?”

Read more in Rolling Stone Middle East