A long-standing interest in anthropology has informed many of Marine Hugonnier’s films and photographs. Her work explores locations where a colonialist past strongly determines the way in which they are perceived. The Territory works were made for the exhibition of the same title at the Bezalel Academy in Tel Aviv, and they respond to a series of events organised around the opening of the exhibition. For instance, ‘Territory II (the kissing point)’, a collaboration with the Israeli architect Eyal Weizman, was made during a bus tour around the West Bank. Looking at both a Jewish settlement and a Palestinian town, it observes the complexity of the geography of warfare, which is reflected through architecture in both places. It reveals how landscape is constructed to embrace political ends; how the logic of appropriation manifests itself when traditional Arab architects inspire settler-builders, and Palestinian towns in turn mimic Modernist architecture.
Emma Mahoney, British Art Show 6, 2006
- Artwork Details: running time: 23 minutes 50seconds
- Edition: 1/6
- Material description: 16mm black and white film
- Credit line: © Marine Hugonnier 2005
- Medium: Film and Audio Visual
- Accession number: ACC24/2005