Zones of Contention: After the Green Line

  • Feb 8, 2015 – May 3, 2015
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Yael Bartana, "A Declaration", 2006, video still, Courtesy of Annet
Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.

This exhibition focuses on artists who examine issues related to the boundaries of Israel and Palestine. Throughout history, artists have created work about the effects of war and conflict. Zones of Contention: After the Green Line presents seven contemporary artists who address the history and consequences of the ongoing disputes in this highly volatile region of the world. In areas of conflict, personal and cultural differences defined by geography, economics, language, race, religion, politics, and sexuality are magnified. The distinction between the self and the other becomes a lens through which daily life is understood.

Through contemporary photography, video, and sculpture, the exhibition examines the complex social issues and erosion of personal and cultural histories that have been taking place in Israel and Palestine for more than six decades. Participating artists include Francis Alÿs (Belgium/Mexico), Yael Bartana (Israel), Dor Guez (Jaffa), Wafa Hourani (Palestine), Nira Pereg (Israel), Michael Rakowitz (USA), and Sharif Waked (Palestine/Israel).

This exhibition is part of the Zones project, a series initiated in 2011 that includes community meetings, artist talks, and public programs that investigate artwork about global border conflicts and their effect on people living in those regions as well as in Greensboro and North Carolina.

Zones of Contention: After the Green Line is organized by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions, with the assistance of Terri Dowell-Dennis, Associate Curator of Education; Jordan Rossi, Graduate Student, Capstone Project, History/Museum Studies Program; Carmen Neely, Graduate Student, Art Department; and the many faculty and community members of the Zone Team who so generously donated their time and expertise. The project is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Artis Grant Program, and the Rotary Club of Greensboro.

Related programs

Director's Preview, Artist Talk: Michael Rakowitz + Public Reception • Sat Feb 7 (see details for times)

POV Talk: George Scheer & Cora Fisher • Thu Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm

Film: Encounter Point • Thu Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Tour • Tue Mar 10 @ 12 pm

POV Talk: Diya Abdo • Thu Mar 19 @ 5:30 pm

Film: City of Borders • Thu Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm

POV Talk: Todd Drake • Thu Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm


Public programs are free. Seating may be limited. Discussions follow each film.

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