The Holey Land: Living in the Landscape of Fear
espaco8.cultural- Sao Paulo - Brazil - 01-14/11
The term "landscape of fear" is often used in ecology and animal behaviour to describe an area in which animals perceive and respond to the presence of predators or other threats. It represents the spatial distribution and perception of environmental risks and dangers from the perspective of the animals inhabiting it.
In the context of war, occupation and terror, the concept of a "landscape of fear" is a way to describe how individuals and communities perceive and respond to threats, violence, and insecurity in their environment. It goes beyond the physical geography of a place and encompasses the psychological and emotional impact of conflict.
The spatiality of fear and the ways that it affects mundane everyday spatial practices of people in cities are well-established; scholars suggest that urban fear is constitutive in people’s mental maps and that it, therefore, influences their spatial practices. [Jabareen, Eizenberg, Hirsh 2019]
In this small exhibition, the artist and curator Gil Mualem-Doron [UK/Israel] is bringing together several works that explore this landscape in the Israeli-Palestinian context, starting from the 1917’s Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian Nakba and its links to the war on Gaza, work he has made with Palestinians Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in Israel, and his trauma of the 1973 war.
The exhibition includes a series of digital/mixed media collages, photography, and a room installation.