On view through July 15, 2023—Haimaz, Heimr, Hjem, Heem, Hām, Home
Oct 17, 2014 – Nov 29, 2014
Still from Wall, 2004, 32'50" Super 16mm film transferred to digital media
Catherine Yass’s film concentrates on the physical wall that separates Palestine from Israel. Winding through both dense communities and unspoiled landscape, Yass takes us through distinct experiences, corresponding to the sections of the barrier in Baka, Qalqiliya, Abu Dis and Al-Eizariya.
Through a single viewpoint, Yass’s movement of the camera is at once both subjective and mechanical. This restricted perspective of the camera parallels the limited view imposed by the wall, and embodies the impotent struggle to see the other side. Through this documentation, Yass’s Wall reveals a concrete and steel structure as a physical manifestation of psychological boundaries.
Focusing on still image or filmmaking as a primary medium, this series explores how varied manifestations of political, environmental, urban, and utopian interventions inform a more contemporary way of thinking about the entanglement of history and geography. Through this form of investigation, Cultural Cartographies reveals how artists negotiate understandings of space and place, using technologies of vision, that shape social and natural environments.