Saturday 14 March 2009


Ex-Communicated tells the story of Israeli occupation in Palestine through the genre of landscape and the perspective of a camera lens. In his series of remarkable photographs, Gary Fields, a professor of communication at the University of California, San Diego takes us behind the walls, gates, and fences of this deliberately fragmented geography in revealing Palestinian life under Israeli military rule.

What he shows in these images is how the forces of occupation use the landscape as an instrument of control over Palestinians and a mechanism for dispossessing them of land and property. This unbiased work shows in great detail the controlled existence of Palestinians and offers visual imagery of the Wall and its effects on the people.

This documentary explains well the source of the difficulties in the West Bank, focusing on Billim and provides enough basic information to understand the circumstances that led up to the attack on Tristan Anderson, American Activist, who currently lies unconscious in an Israeli hospital. After surgery yesterday, Anderson faces an uncertain future. If he does live, the partial lobotomy will impact his life in ways yet unknown.

Much of this story is untold and largely unseen. These photos convey forcefully how the process of enclosure on the landscape has Excommunicated Palestinians, immobilizing them into ever-diminishing spaces, while at the same time inspiring them into heroic acts of peaceful resistance.

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