I AM NOT A PAINTER OF PRISON WALLS is an experimental video work created by a Polish artist in Israel in 2008. The film was mainly shot in TEL-AVIV, JAFFA and JERUSALEM. It is based on the narrations of accidentally met people rather than on the pre-designed situations with a clear message. Film’s verbal component shows how difficult it is to keep art free from the influence of politics in the country where affairs of state are brought to the forefront. Still, being an artist means using the alternative modes of expression and creating artistic utopian visions devoid of political overtones. Avant-garde film appears to be an appropriate medium for that kind of artistic behaviour. I AM NOT THE PAINTER OF PRISON WALLS raises the issue of human mind entrapped in the reality of social life. It is an attempt at constructing a contemporary visual identity which would be an alternative to verbal, phono-logo-centric identity related to tradition that makes settling the conflict impossible.
I AM NOT A PAINTER OF PRISON WALLS
Prison walls taking the form of a barrier between Palestine and Israel are, in fact, the walls of discourses within which the both sides of global conflict are set. This division becomes an integral part of a War of Civilizations fought between the Western superpowers and the Islamic World. However, the parties involved do not wish to resolve the conflict. They rather seek to maintain the divisions, shifting the areas of influence in mental and economic war. Hence, it is not a local conflict, but a conflict between two cultures going through a crisis.
It is extremely difficult to judge the conflict from the European perspective. All in all, it has reached Europe provoking historical revision and encouraging the resurgence of radicalisms.