Keep your eye on the wall Palestinian landscapes


Keep your eye on the wall  – Palestinian Landscapes

Edited by Olivia snaije and Mitchell Albert

Source review copy

 Keep Your Eye on the Wall brings together seven award-winning artist-photographers and four essayists, all responding to the Wall in images or words. The photographers present unique perspectives, whether it is documenting the journey of labourers across the concrete separation barrier, or exploring the layers and textures of a wall in Gaza.

Mitchell Albert is a London-based editor. Since 2002 he has worked as a commissioning editor for non-fiction and fiction books, as a freelance book and magazine editor, and as a programme manager overseeing literary events. From 2007–11 he edited the literary journal of PEN International. Many of the projects in which he has been involved have had the Middle East as their main subject.

Olivia Snaije is a Paris-based journalist and editor. She has worked for various newspapers and magazines, and as a book commissioning editor for a publishing company and has contributed to, written, and translated several books. She is the former executive editor of Alef, a London-based culture magazine about the Middle East, and was Editor-in-Chief of World Media in Paris, a magazine published by a group of twenty-six newspapers worldwide. The Middle East has been the primary focus of her work for the past twenty years.

Shockingly beautiful and evocative … the artists echo the feelings of Palestinians who have to make do with life in a divided, disfigured land’

Raja Shehadeh

This is something a little different for Winston’s  dad. A book of photos and some essays  about the wall that divides Israeli and Palestine .A group of photographs have been brought together to show the wall and its effect on every day life .The book is forward by Raja Shehadeh Whom I interview here .The wall like all walls that divide people is an important part of every day Life .In his book I was born here ,I was born there Mourid Barghouti describe the sheer horror of him as a person trying to get across this wall to his homeland of Palestine .Walls have been part of history from the great Wall but this wall in Palestine is similar to other raised in the 20th century .The Berlin wall divide east and west ,ideologies ,but like this drew artist to record it The novel wall Jumper I have reviewed here followed accounts around the wall and those trying to get to the other side .The German Artist Joesph Beuys had said he want the wall 5cm to better fit the city ,that tongue in cheek humour seems to come across in some pictures in this collection and of course the greatest view of Berlin and its wall for me was the film Wings of desire ,which saw two angles wander the wall on both sides and see how that wall had effect the city it tied in well with this picture of  a women dressed as an angel

wallwell my own experience with walls that divide is from my holidays visiting my dad as a kid in Belfast and the peace wall the divide parts of Belfast like the wall in Palestine it divided people more than  stopped  the trouble  cause deeper divides ,in fact the design and feel of parts of the wall in Palestine remind me of the parts of the wall I remember seeing years ago in Belfast those gates to split people apart and leave them apart .

keep 1I link to Saqi site the actual book is a fold out affair and would make a welcome edition to any one with an interest in stunning photos and Palestine

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brian Joseph
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 10:10:20

    I too would rarely read a book with a format like this. However it looks visually and emotionally powerful.

    I am really glad that the authors have taken on this subject. At least here in the USA the Palestinian prospective has been very under represented.


  2. Lisa Hill
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 10:23:02

    Yes. It sounds corny, but really, the only thing that works with these intractable conflicts is for people to have contact with each other. The end of the Berlin Wall and the wall in Northern Ireland is a faint glimmer of hope in the Middle East.


  3. parrish lantern
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 18:14:50

    sounds interesting, kind of reminds me of Still, although that was photos & short stories.


  4. markbooks
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 12:55:42

    Hi Stu, this sounds fascinating, I will have to chase it up. Another great-sounding book from Saqi!


  5. Tony
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 08:38:05

    This does sound interesting – thanks for the heads up 🙂


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