The olive tree has been cultivated in Palestine for millennia, and many Palestinians rely on its farming for food, income and health. It serves as a symbol of this stateless nation as well as that of peace and reconciliation.
In 2002 the Israeli government approved the building of a defence wall between the West Bank and Israel, designed to prevent the passage of terrorists into the state. A large percentage of the wall runs through Palestinian land inside the West Bank, cutting off communities, separating farmers from their land and preventing access to work, education and healthcare.
‘Pressed’ is an attempt to represent the occupation of Palestine using the symbolism of the olive, with all its religious and ceremonial conotations. The lighting and colour are references to the Chiaroscuro technique developed in the sixteenth century in Italian Baroque painting. They serve as a reminder of both the beauty of the region and its status as one of the most disputed religious places on earth.