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An Invisible Wall

 

Windows in the Wall: Photographs by Rebecca Heyl

January 10, 2011 – February 25, 2011

Opening Reception:

January 19, 2011 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Windows in the Wall is a selection of photographs from the 2008 monograph (Skira/Rizzoli) of the same title. The project is about the wall that separates Palestinians and Israelis. When Rebecca Heyl began photographing this new barrier, in December 2002, little was known about the construction, either within the Israeli public or abroad. Only the Palestinians whose land had been confiscated understood its importance. Now, eight years later, 400 plus miles of electronic fencing combined with 5-8 meter (16-25ft.) high concrete wall slabs make up this Barrier. Although it is still not complete, the Barrier has affected the life of every Palestinian, separating them from loved ones, schools, land, markets, universities, jobs and medical services. Not only has the Barrier affected contact among Palestinians, it also has made the already difficult contact between Palestinians and Israelis nearly impossible.

This new enormous physical barrier between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples has made the other, older, wall that separates them all the more apparent – the invisible wall of fear, distrust, and paranoia. This is the wall that is the subject of Heyl’s photographic work. This is the wall that fascinates her — this wall, and the courageous people on both sides who continue to penetrate the barriers between them.

Rebecca Heyl is an artist, educator and human rights activist currently based in Boston. She has a Masters of Fine Art from the joint program at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. While living in Israel between 2001 and 2004 Heyl worked with Windows – Channels for Communication, an Israeli-Palestinian non-profit organization. She traveled frequently between the West Bank and Israel coming to know many on both sides of this continuing conflict. Heyl’s recently published photographic monograph titled Windows in the Wall (Skira/Rizzoli, 2008) embodies her experience in Israel and the West Bank as a human rights worker.

Heyl teaches Photography at Chester College of New England, located in Chester, NH.

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