Area C, the Distant Landscape

Images from a landscape in exile, 2010

What does it mean to travel around the Area C with a camera? How does the relation with the landscape construct itself through the vehicle, camera, road, light, speed and vision? Area C is a space in motion, its continuous motion is its political production, and its infrastructure of movement became the landscape itself. This continuous movement and changes doesn’t allow the Palestinians to achieve a shared national narrative or a shared national history within or throughout the sphere. Area C thence is a landscape in exile.
By the same token, the Camera does not document the distance, rather the disappearing distance and the  lack of involvement on behalf of the traveler in the production of road he takes, it changes his position from passing through the landscape to passing by Area C. Area C becomes an image of a landscape, the asphalt becomes the only landscape, its black color, its white lines, its cutting through the mountains, its lights, the railing on its sides, its signs and so on so forth.
It seems that through photography we are becoming accomplice in the process of forgetting that the occupation has been imposing on us (we the indigenous inhabitants of this land), are documenting our disappearance. But can’t this continuous process of travelling and taking photos be also seen as a trial of reclaiming existence and belonging to a distant landscape? A kind of insistence on "being there"? Of enjoying it or what is left of it? Maybe by this transient existence we establish another permanent one, we become the inhabitants of the road.