In its space dedicated to emerging creation, the MEP Studio invites the British photographer Harley Weir, who also distinguishes herself in the fashion industry, to present an original and personal project.
“WALLS” is a new project based on time spent at the Israel-Palestine border, it brings together images produced since 2013 of the Israeli separation wall and the area surrounding it. Taken during personal visits around East Jerusalem and the West Bank with neither a pre-established plan nor biased intentions, Weir’s photographs provide a record of subjective, random journeys on both sides of the wall, and reflect her increasing awareness of a complex political, social and cultural reality.
Characterised by a sharp sense of detail, proximity to her subjects, and vivid colours, Weir’s work offers a personal perspective on a controversial subject, which includes signs of conflict (surveillance cameras, barbed wire, signs of protest), scenes of everyday life, and the ambiguous beauty of the landscape.
Image : Israel, 2013 © Harley Weir
A graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art in London, Harley Weir is known for her treatment of the body, and of questions of intimacy, both in her personal work and her numerous collaborations with the fashion and publishing industries. On the margins of prestigious campaigns for Calvin Klein, Céline and Balenciaga, or for magazines such as Vogue, i-D and Dazed & Confused, she has developed a more personal, political approach, focusing both on territories of separation, and environmental issues.