Noel Jabbour is a Palestinian, born in Israel, and of Christian origin. Noël Jabbour has chosen to study in Israel and has patiently built, by a series of "soft breaks", an alternative to the confusion of her triple roots. Armed with a press pass early on in her career, she adopted the posture of a photo-journalist so she could distance herself from her own emotions. Her most recent photographs bring us back to Palestine. Going back to her roots, Noël Jabbour identifies with the child who explores her native village and, while making the rounds, hits a wall. This Wall, she found, one morning, established. Here we are in front of the concrete wall set up in the West Bank by Israel. The wall is erect, similar to a snake which unfolds itself. It divides and it separates. It is hatred. This illusory line of defense, a long ribbon made up of modules 1.5 meters wide and 8 meters high and loaded with electronic surveillance equipment, wants to be an instrument of power and authority. But on a land emptied of its inhabitants, it is a house of cards, a weak Lego construction.
Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône.
Excerpt from his essay in the FOTOFEST2006 catalogue.
NOEL JABBOUR Segregation Wall
Segregation Wall, is a major project documenting the changing landscape during the construction of the Abu Dis wall between Israel and Palestine. The images allow the viewer to understand the constraining factors for dialogue, which start with the political and military conflict compounded by decades of psychological barriers. The battle for land, and mobility within this land, are foremost in these images as they allow the viewer to realize the institutional screening and intimidation of the ethnic other, the Palestinian.
Born in Nazareth, in 1970, of Palestinian descent, Noel currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Noel Jabbour studied Photography at the Hadasah College Jerusalem and in the postgraduate Young Artist’s Programme at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. She had recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art, Ein Harod (ISR), Tel Aviv Artist’s Studios, Tel Aviv; f.a. projects, London. Recent group shows at the Aperture Foundation, New York; Bruce Silverstein Photography, New York; FotoFest at Vine Street Studios, Houston; Noorderlicht Photofestival, Fries Museum Leeuwarden (NL); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg (D); Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Station, Houston; Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, Paris.
Her work is in collections worldwide including The Israel Museum Jerusalem and The Zabludowicz Art Trust. In 2005 she was awarded from the Musée Nicéphore Niépce (Artist-in-Residence); in 2003 Ateliers d’Artistes de la Ville de Marseille (Artist-in-Residence); in 2000 she received the Young Artist of the Year Award, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (PAL), in 1999 she held a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. scholarships and grants.