Susan van Hengstum

fabric of life

2012
15 photographs | C-prints | 30x30 cm

Source material: 3 photographs | paper | 120x70 cm

 


An informed passerby can stand on a hill in the West Bank and differentiate in front of one's eyes a patchwork of zones, borders, settlements, army-bases and villages.

The absurdity of being able to see dozens of borders and zones in one single glance, without the help of maps, arial views, satellite images lead to the work 'Fabric of life'.

My intention was not so much to clarify the geo-political situation of the West-Bank, but rather to address and mimic the manipulation of the land in this area and the friction in general between the visibility and invisibility of borders.

I re-entered the landscape through large printed photographs of the area I had taken before and photographed the landscape once again, allowing the possibilities an impossibilities of the photographic medium (and by mixing analogue and digital techniques) to define the image of these landscapes.
The work shows three landscapes in the West-Bank.

The title of the work borrows its name from the infrastructural plan of segregation in the West Bank, cynically termed by The title of the work borrows its name from the infrastructural plan of segregation in the West Bank, cynically termed by former Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon as: " fabric of life".