Terres compromises (2010)

The full body of pictures that makes up “Terres Compromises” is rich in subtlety, curiosity and a wry and unabashed intelligence. Photographer Matthieu Gafsou set out to document an admittedly subjective, but nevertheless engaged and inquisitive experience of travelling around Israel, Palestine and Jordan with the various divisive and explosive conflicts that have long defined that region in full view of his everyday thought process.

His photographs delineate inequalities and anachronisms, ironies and apparent non-sequiturs, draw stark comparison between public, religious, private and political space, probe identities and histories, and at no point shy away from interrogating how much photography can address the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa