Up Against the Wall was first conceived of in 2002 as I watched Israel begin construction on what is now a nearly 500 mile long wall inside the West Bank of occupied Palestine.
At the time, the idea of a physical and militarized structure that displaces and separates as a solution to something deemed a problem blew my mind. I began to research spots across the globe where lines in the sand took form and were being crossed by those willing to risk life in attempt. I found that such a solution was not so unusual.
Since, I have been traveling to and photographing these locations, including at Slovakia and Ukraine, Croatia and Serbia, Spanish Melilla at Morocco, the southern United States and Israel's walls at Gaza and the West Bank.
Ample documentation exists of the people impacted by these structures yet little visual documentation seems to exist of the structures themselves and even less that set side by side all the structures together. Up Against the Wall helps fill that documentation void.
To juxtapose these structures not only allows us to visually comprehend global connections of power but to also make space to identify intersections of social movement work. At every stage of Up Against the Wall, I work with organizations and communities on a spectrum of social issues to contribute written and programmatic content so to highlight those intersections of our collective experiences and struggles. In this way, the reality of that which divides us is subverted into bridges that connect, and through these collaborations, solutions are offered.
Working at the intersection of documentary and fine art photography, I have stepped away from the traditional and made a body of work whose thread is rooted in the lines and structures themselves more so then color and tone. And as these physical borders develop so does this work, making Up Against the Wall a long-term, ongoing project.