Being in Rome for a full year with a studio will allow me to move forward on several projects as well as investigate questions that I have been concerned with in my work for years. Of particular interest to me is spending time in a community of scholars and academics at the Academy whose work focus on Italy and the Mediterranean, as much of my practice oftentimes is either inspired by academic research or is made in collaboration with academics. Currently, I have several projects that I wish to undertake, all of which investigate personal and collective movement and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time in particular between Italy and Palestine. This includes writing and directing a short film to be filmed in Puglia loosely based on the short story of a herder and which has links to Pasolini’s location scouting in the Terra Santa. Another is related to part of an ongoing long-term research which explores communal acts and rituals of death in public space.