Landscape of Return
By: Nina Valerie Kolowratnik
07/2011

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been carried out via landscape, its geography and boundaries from the outset. Dispossession, overwriting and reclamation of the land are thereby positioned at the heart of the conflict. Analyzing the visible and invisible layers which shape the contemporary landscape reveals the geography of the place as a complex arena of spatial and political forces, where the Palestinian landscape has been overwritten by an Israeli present. The multiple layers of significance of today’s Israeli-Palestinian geography, as well as the fact that any return will take place in a newly constructed and spatially transformed reality, mean that we must work very deliberately with the landscape that currently exists, responding to its forms and structures. The contemporary landscape must be challenged, redefined or subverted.

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