Professor Susanne Slavick‘s visual and written essay “Axes of Access” is a meditation on walls in many contemporary nations. The essay is appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Maine Arts Journal: UMVA Quarterly.
Slavick’s photographs, taken in the West Bank, show images divided by poles, edges of walls, or doorways. Each axis is either a linear glimpse of ordinary life or a threshold between free entry, exchange, or its denial. Sections of the Separation Wall flank each axis or act as claustrophobic backdrops; the wall is always present mentally, if not physically.