7 min video projection

2017

The French Institute, Kuwait

The video stages a Whatsapp group conversation between British Political Agents John More (Kuwait), Sir Percy Cox (Bushire), Arnold Wilson (Baghdad) and Major Dickson (Bahrain) with Sheikh Salem AlSabah (Kuwait), Sheikh Hamad AlKhalifa (Bahrain) and King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud (Saudi Arabia). The conversation is an adaptation of telegrams, letters and notes found on the Qatar Digital Library regarding the dispute between Ibn Saud and the Sheikh of Kuwait. The information is archived under the British Government's proposals to settle the Kuwait-Najd boundary dispute by Arbitration, the defeat of Shaikh Salim at Jahra, the Ikhwan withdrawal and the truce termination by Ikhwan. John More gives accounts of the Battle of Jahra (1920) via urgent telegrams to his P.A. peers. Eventually, the British bomb and desperse the Ikhwan to protect Kuwait from the tribe.