No One Asked Me to Come

On the home of (Hassan Husain) Gertrude Kraus

The essay explores the transformation of the occupied Palestinian village of Ein Hawd through the lens of Hassan Husain’s house.

Hassan Husain is an internally displaced person. His home, located near Haifa, was entangled in the revival of avant-garde movements reminiscent of 1910s Switzerland, where the nudist commune of Monte Verità housed renowned figures like Carl Jung, Rudolf Steiner, and dance artist Rudolf von Laban. The profound impact of their legacy sparked the formation of artists’ communities worldwide, attracting socially prominent and privileged individuals who could afford to embrace an alternative lifestyle.

No one asked me to come

The text was first published in the book SQM: The Quantified Home. An edited volume by Space Caviar.