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Kalandia Checkpoint north of Jerusalem

2008 (photographed)
Place of origin

Black and white photograph of a military watchtower flanked by concrete wall with graffiti.

Object details

Object type
  • Kalandia Checkpoint north of Jerusalem (assigned by artist)
  • Watchtowers, Westbank / Palestine (series title)
Materials and techniques
Inkjet print
Brief description
Photograph, 'Kalandia Checkpoint north of Jerusalem' from the series 'Watchtowers, West Bank / Palestine', inkjet print, by Taysir Batniji, Palestine, 2008
Physical description
Black and white photograph of a military watchtower flanked by concrete wall with graffiti.
  • Framed height: 50cm
  • Framed width: 40cm
Copy number
4 of 8
Gallery label
This series is inspired by the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, the German photographers known for their meticulous documentation of industrial architecture. Batniji decided to document in a similar way Israeli watchtowers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. However, as a Gaza-born Palestinian, Batniji was not able to travel to the West Bank to make the pictures. He delegated the task to a local photographer. The photographs superficially resemble the Bechers’ work, but the limitations surrounding their making mean that they lack the same precision and clarity. (Marta Weiss)(September 2012)
Credit line
Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum
Subject depicted
Place depicted
Bibliographic reference
Light from the Middle East: New Photography
Accession number

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Record createdFebruary 1, 2011
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