The stereotypical image of Jerusalem is being used as an icon everywhere. It is an image of history, reflections, harmony, beauty and sacredness. Beyond this image there is a reality of struggle and fragmentation. A history is being fabricated to deface the history of the city and conceal a war on the collective memory and on the details: a struggle underground and on the ground, just to prove that 'they' had been here. Every stone and corner, including the sacred, is threatened with takeover.


This struggle has turned the city into a disintegrating and fragile site, where visible and invisible barriers can be felt everywhere.


This work is a kind of dismantling of the stereotypical image as a reflection of what lies behind it.


Bashar Alhroub

Less Holiness

Drawing, 2014


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Bashar Alhroub, Less Holiness, 2014. Drawing. Copyright and courtesy the artist.