Alicja Dobrucka In Sunday In The Park With Ed
05 mar 2015 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Alicja Dobrucka's new photographic work will be shown as part of the exhibition 'Sunday in the Park with Ed' curated by Cedric Christie and Pascal Rousson.
Alicja is showing her new photographic work, which she shot in the West Bank during a residency at the Al-Mahatta Gallery in Ramallah, but only completed last summer.
Her new photographic series entitled 'Houses (31°23′30.67″N 35°6′44.45″E)' is a documentation of a Palestinian village called Susya. It was established in the 1830s and a religious communal Israeli settlement under the jurisdiction of Har Hebron Regional Council was established in 1983. The Palestinian community has a population of 250 residents as of 2013. The Israeli settlement, on 1,800 dunams of land, had a population of 737 in 2006.
Susya, whether it refers to the site of the synagogue or the ruins of the large ancient settlement of some 60 dunams (1 dunam =1000 m2), is not mentioned in any ancient text, and Jewish literature failed to register an ancient Jewish town on that site. Susya, as Alicja's guide told her, is a village famous for its resistance as it encourages all other villages in the area to stay in place. Here architecture appears as a symbol of resistance in the occupied Palestinian territories, disrupted by the constant construction of new settlements in spite of the fact that in the Palestinian territories land is already too scarce to live on comfortably. The houses are sturdy as they are made of bricks or concrete. However, they are made to look like temporary structures or tents in order to appear ephemeral and in flux.
Why the black background? The land of the Palestinians ends where the house ends. It is dangerous for them to go out into the fields into the proximity of the settlers. Children are frequently attacked on their way to school when passing near Israeli settlements. The environments of Palestinian houses are no-go areas; they are non-spaces.