(0.1) Peter Riedlinger
Us/Them II (2001/2008) is a body of photographs that negotiates the massive and accelerated changes in urban and rural space and landscape in the environs of East Jerusalem. An initial set of images was created in 2001 at the beginning of the gradual isolation of Palestinian Jerusalem from its natural environment in the West Bank. In a long-term, sustainable observation effort, this initial work serves as the basis for a new set of photographs from 2008 that are put in comparison. For Riedlinger, the uniqueness of Jerusalem as a place of universal values and spiritual importance is rapidly eroding. Urban planning and the conquest of more and more Palestinian land resources have been doing enormous physical and psychological damage that leaves no room for hope in the Holy Land.