Pablo Ponce – The Netherlands

(Residency at Tel-Hai Academic College)

Pablo Ponce, an Argentinian artist living in the Netherlands, has travelled extensively in the region of West Bank prior to his residency at Tel Hai College. His work, ‘Broken Embraces’ consists of a series of architectonic models that incorporates clay from Hebron and the Golan Heights area in Israel. The installation speaks of his experiences of walls and checkpoints and includes a video of children crossing the notorious Hebron checkpoint in the centre of the old city. The video captures the insidious normalisation of this inhumane system of population control, and engages subtly with a subversive form of parody of the invisible guards as an impatient adolescent bangs a turnstile gate.

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