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Concrete Messages: Street Art on the Israeli - Palestinian S

Postby eko » September 28th, 2010, 6:42 pm

Concrete Messages: Street Art on the Israeli - Palestinian Separation Barrier
by Zia Krohn & Joyce Lagerweij

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ISBN: 978-91-85639-38-0
Language: English
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 17,5 x 25 cm
Binding: Hardcover
Illustrations: More than 100 full-colour photos
Price: € 24.90, $29.95, £19.99
Release date: October 15, 2010
Release event:
Oct. 13 - Södra Bar, Stockholm
Oct. 15 - Wood Wood, Copenhagen.
Nov. 6 - The American Book Center, Amsterdam.

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About the authors
Zia Krohn (1982), Denmark, is a student of Communications and Cultural Encounters, specialising in the Middle East. Her
family, education and a journalism internship has brought her back and forth between Israel and Denmark the last years.

Joyce Lagerweij (1986), the Netherlands, studied Social Sciences, Communications and Journalism. She spent six months
in Israel and Palestine, contributing to the creation of the first online community for encounters between Israeli and Palestinian youth.


Banksy was the first. He was soon followed by several street artists who wanted to showcase their work
in one of the world’s most conflicted areas. They tell their stories in the book Concrete Messages.
In Concrete Messages, artists from around the world talk about why they chose to travel to the West Bank to work on the barrier.
What did they want to achieve, and what were their experiences in this conflict-ridden area?
Art asks questions and clarifies the opposition. The thought of giving the local populace something pretty to look at clashes with
the reluctance among many Palestinians to decorate the barrier and give new life to the debate on how to relate to the existence of
the barrier. Should it be decorated or ignored? Or be preserved as a symbol of the conflict?
The 725-kilometre-long separation barrier was supposed to be completed in 2010. Today, only some 60% has been built. The
world is trying to coax the parties into new peace negotiations. It is unclear whether the barrier will ever be finished. But it is clear
that the 8-metre-tall concrete barrier that already exists affects and provokes strong emotions. It is also clear that it has become some-
thing of a street art MOMA, with works by the greatest names.

Banksy, Blu, Ericailcane, Faile, JR, Know Hope, Paul Insect, Ron English and Swoon are some of the artists featured in Concrete
Messages.

“If our pieces brought even a tiny bit of awareness to the conflict and helped make people understand something about the situation, then
I think that was part of the intention.” - Faile, USA

“Street art has probably always been the most important art forum for the instigation of social change. It gives you immediate and direct
access to the public. To me it means freedom.” - Ron English, USA


Concrete Messages is published by Dokument Press.
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