Gaza Works

Photos of war and everyday life

14 April 2018 - 2 February 2019 Rotunden 01 - The exhibition

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Life in the Gaza Strip
The Swedish photographer Kent Klich has documented life in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the 2000s. He offers an alternative to the short-lived, sensationalist attention paid to the conflict in the mass media. Klich wants to show us the fundamental conditions the inhabitants of Gaza have to live – and die – with. With his interest in the personal narratives, he focuses on the everyday consequences of the war. The exhibition Gaza Works shows six series that Klich has made in collaboration with organisations, experts and activists within Palestinian history, human rights and jurisprudence. Combined with testimonies from people who live in Gaza, they provide new facets to a complex narrative about the controversial area.

The Gaza Strip is a conflict-ridden Palestinian territory of approx. 360 km2, with a population of two million. The area has been occupied by Israel since 1967, and it is still subject to Israeli blockades, so that neither goods nor people can move freely in and out. The present blockade has lasted for more than a decade, but there is only sparse coverage by the media of what effect it has on everyday life in the area.

 

The present situation in Gaza
Kent Klich attempts to uncover the present situation in Gaza. He is well aware of the challenges both of photographing the sufferings of others and of his own role as an outsider. For that reason, he uses various methods and narrative techniques in order to portray the complex conflict. Information from activists in Gaza and various experts is combined with testimonies from civilians whose lives are in danger. An example of this is the video installation Killing Time, which has been compiled out of cell-phone film sequences taken by people who died during the military offensive known as Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09. In the exhibition physical fragments of the mosaics that once decorated the now demolished Gaza International Airport are on display, along with photographs and films from the location. All of this bears witness to the serious limitations in freedom of movement the people of Gaza live under.

  

The exhibition

Part of the exhibition has been organised by the Hasselblad Foundation in Göteborg, where it was shown in 2017. Several of works have been added, a number of which are here being shown for the first time.

The exhibition is accompanied by the book Kent Klich: Gaza Works, which has been published by Koenig Books and designed by BankerWessel in 2017. The book contains essays by Judith Butler, Mette Sandbye, Raji Sourani, Eyal Wisman and Louise Wolthers, and also includes a conversation between Kent Klich and the Hasselblad Award winner Susan Meiselas.

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Kent Klich was born in Sweden in 1952 and lives in Denmark. He studied psychology at Göteborg University and photograph at the International Center of Photography in New York. He was a member of the international photo agency Magnum from 1998 to 2002. Kent Klich gained international recognition for his project about Beth, a Danish sexworker, whose life he has portrayed over the past 30 years, with three books and various exhibitions. Other highly commended projects include El Niño (1999) about homeless children in Mexico City and Children of Ceausescu (2001) about HIV-positive children In Romanian children’s homes.