EXHIBITION PRESENTED BY LE MÉJAN
Keep your eye on the wall
A little over ten years ago, the state of Israel began erecting the West Bank barrier. Since then, Palestinians’ lives have vastly deteriorated, inter- national border laws have been constantly violated, and free movement has been refused to the whole population, intensifying suspicion, hatred and bitterness between Israelis and Palestinians, who were already profoundly isolated from one another. It is therefore urgent to ‘keep an eye on the wall’. This exhibition is indeed about singling out the wall, but in unexpected ways. It wishes to decipher the wall, get round it, even shift it, imparting it with another presence in order to resist it. We are convinced that aesthetic actions can lead to new forms of political subjectivity. In order to achieve this, we offer the gaze of five photographers who develop a new vision of the wall. This vision transcends the wall’s simple physical presence to explore the multiplicity of its meanings and to sharply question the economic, social and cultural consequences of its existence. Each of the works presented here shows us the fierce stubbornness of people who are determined not to let the wall take over their lives.
Exhibition curator: Masasam / Monica Santos and Sandra Maunac.
Project devised by Olivia Snaije and Mitchell Albert.
Photographs by Taysir Batniji, Rula Halawani, Raeda Saadeh, Steve Sabella, and Kai Wiedenhöfer.
Exhibition venue: Magasin Électrique, Parc des Ateliers.