Immigration, refugees, border crossings, and border walls are major topics in current political discussions. These global issues are the subject of “Up Against the Wall,” a look at border barriers from around the world that runs April 1-29 at Sacramento State’s Library Gallery Annex.
Photographer Flo Razowsky combines photos with installation pieces that re-create some of these structures – from a 500-mile wall along the West Bank to the many walls and fences erected along the U.S. border with Mexico.
A special reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Razowsky initially was inspired watching Israel’s 2002 construction of what has become a nearly 500-mile concrete wall on the West Bank of Palestine. She was amazed that displacing and separating peoples could be considered a solution to a problem.
“I came to realize that building a structure to keep the ‘Other’ out or lock ‘Them’ in was not so unusual a reality,” Razowsky says. “And that in many cases, people by the scores were willing to risk imprisonment or death in the attempt to cross.”
In “Up Against the Wall,” Razowsky assembles a visual documentation of the structures that sets them together side-by-side.
She also uses the exhibit to shine the light on community organizations and activists, giving visitors a means to get engaged with local social justice work.
Razowsky has photographed in Palestine, Serbia, Berlin, the United States and many borderlands in between. She sometimes spends years in a location, building relationships and getting to know the place and its social issues.
For more information on the exhibit, call the University Library Gallery at (916) 278-4189. – Craig Koscho