BBC: Modern Art Exhibition in the West Bank
Posted by uscsjp on October 1, 2006
One weekday lunchtime in September, 40 residents of Ramallah in the West Bank board a bus in the city centre. Their destination is a contemporary art exhibition at the Peace Centre in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, the first of its kind to be held in the West Bank.
Damien Hirst’s spot painting was made by artists in the West Bank
Until 4 October the walls of the centre are covered with works by 25 of Europe and North America’s foremost contemporary artists, among them Damien Hirst, Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Creed, Douglas Gordon, Michael Fullerton, Jim Lambie, Michael Craig-Martin, Daniel Buren and Simon Periton.
The bus journey is only a few miles. It should take no longer than 30 minutes, but an Israeli checkpoint midway adds over an hour to the journey as everyone’s identification papers are rigorously checked.
The passengers disembark, smoke endless cigarettes and chatter idly in the baking sun. (continued. . .)