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Social Text 20.3 (2002) 43-44

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Cloud Bench

Yigal Nizri


Someone once wrote the word Believe on one of those windows. Maybe they wanted to show how even from the crucial point of view of the ninety-first floor, vision is not a natural and neutral sense—rather, it requires believing.[End Page 43]

Among the victims of September 11 was Michael Richards, who participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council program. Michael worked in his studio on the ninety-second floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center at that time. This work is dedicated to his memory.


Yigal Nizri is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes installation, photography, design, and performance. His projects explore issues of dislocation, immigration, and belonging. In fall-winter 2000-2001, Nizri participated in World Views, a studio residency program in the World Trade Center sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He lives in New York City.


This work formed part of World Views, an open studio exhibition of socially involved artists that took place on the ninety-first floor of the World Trade Center, Tower One, April 2001. Yigal Nizri's installation included multiple slide projections of images that were taken in Morocco, mixed with computer-made samples of blue swatches. A wooden gray bench in the shape of a cloud was placed in the center of the space.