Smadar Dreyfus

Extra City Kunsthal

Along the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line in the Golan Heights lies the “Shouting Hill.” One side of the hill is controlled by Israel, the other by Syria. Every year during the annual Syrian Mother’s Day celebration, Druze students who live in the Israeli zone yet study in Damascus gather on the Syrian side of the hill, while their mothers wait on the Israeli-controlled side. Using a PA system, sons and daughters exchange greetings with their mothers, who reply by shouting through megaphones. The reason for this arduous communication is that youngsters from the local Druze community are offered a free university education by the Syrian government, but aren’t allowed to return to Israel during the entire period of their study in Damascus. Israel-born, London-based artist Smadar Dreyfus could have reflected on this absurd situation with an “objective eye,” steering clear of aestheticism or

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