Aviad Tal – Drainage divide
“As the result of the political situation in Israel in the early 90’s, few agreements were signed between Israel government and the Palestinians leadership. The major outcome of the new agreements were three lines, A B and C, which defines the level of the state involvement within the areas of conflict.
The new reality forced new boundaries on the people, and that immediately affected their freedom of movement within their familiar territories. For some, life became more complicated than before while others granted with new privileges. It’s all comes down to on which side of the line you live.
The drainage divide, is an imaginary line that cuts Israel highest mountain range right through the middle, and by the basic laws of gravity the rainfall that fall along that ridge either flows east towards the Jordan river or west towards the Mediterranean sea. In some areas around Jerusalem the two lines, the political and the physical are in proximity one to another, and at some points they are even intersect.
Sometimes the drainage divide used as a metaphor to describe a situation of point of no return. For me It is a journey through familiar and yet still distant land. It’s the metaphor and also the real life at the same time. Journey between and along the physical and the political lines in the back yard.” – Aviad Tal