Looking for territories
Invited to come to work in Israel, Sarah Trouche fast leant over the situation of the enclosed territories and over the dissonant symbolism of the olive tree. For the Palestinians, the olive tree is a symbol of life which is progressively put in trouble by Israeli colonization. This latter draws away destruction of fields of olive trees which were transmitted from generation to generation. A part of cultural and family inheritance is ruined. At the same time, the olive tree is a symbol of peace for the Israeli people. The tree contains a contradiction that the artist wanted to explore. Her researches gave rise to action for Cisjordania. Combed with a can of metallic oil, she started a blindly walk into an unknown territory. An Israeli woman wanted to go with her in her journey, an unexpected support which reinforced the range of its plan. During more than one hour, both women walked in the sand and pebbles, with the single objective go forward in spite of physical pain and blindness. Go forward as far as possible to figuratively slaughter borders.
A notion that she extends through a second action, Swinging Territories, where the artist appears bare and once again concealed by a metallic can. In the force of the arms and the legs, she operates a wooden swing. It sways of the left towards right, a movement echoing with colonization, recovery and loss of territories. On the center of this swing, the human being who is at the same time engine and victim of this war is finally abandoned.
Curator ambassade de France en Israël / Glasshouse project
Action for Cisjordania