While We Wait

15 September '17 at 10:00 am - 24 September '17 at 5:30 pm

While We Wait is an meditative installation by Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas about the cultural claim over nature in Palestine. The towering lace like structure consists of elements of stone from different regions of Palestine, fading upwards from earthy red to pale limestone. The stone is shaped by a radical combination of traditional local stone cutting and masonry techniques with contemporary technology. The gaps between the stones allow viewers to look out, while evocative sound and video components encourage them to imagine the installation’s eventual natural surroundings. The installation is inspired by the Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem, where the separation wall is currently being built, threatening to segregate the community and sever the historic link between the valley and its eponymous monastery. In stark contrast to the concrete wall, which dominates and divides the landscape, this installation will venerate extreme natural beauty and evoke the Cremisan Valley itself, where the installation will live after its exhibition at the V&A.


Victoria and Albert Museum

Room 64B, The Simon Sainsbury Gallery, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL, London, UK



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