The Phenomena of the Israeli Security Barrier
The Israeli Security Barrier has been called the architecture of occupation, the apartheid wall, the world’s largest open prison. It has appeared in film’s, books, articles, and priceless pieces of art have been sold for millions of dollars because of this structure. A hotel has been created due to it’s very existence, claiming it has the ‘worst views in the world.’ There are entire departments in the United Nations dedicated to it. During my visits from 2004 to 2013 I documented part of it being built, now I am creating prints of it onto concrete; to my mind this structure draws you in like a magnet. The concrete foundations of the wall, the design of the checkpoints, the paranoid attitude of the heavily armed soldiers who permanently man it, makes travelling a few miles either side of it a daunting experience, both visually and psychologically. It was to become the largest, most costly infrastructure project in the history of Israel. And for a construction project of that size and scale it’s almost invisible on Google Earth.