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About the Work

I travelled to Israel to make these works immediately before the outbreak of the Gulf War. There was an ever-present danger of poison gas attack. The atmosphere was very tense. Naturally, there were no tourists.
Left Panel: Manger Square in Bethlehem. It was very difficult to obtain permission to photograph from the roof of the Town Hall. From this view, I photographed Israeli soldiers on roof-tops as a man leads a donkey across the square.

Centre Panel: the Palestinian bus station in east Jerusalem. The 19th century British general Gordon, believed this to be the real site of the Crucifixion - Golgotha, The Place of the Skull. A large skull shape can be seen in the rocks overlooking the site.

Right Panel: the Ascension Chapel, high above the Mount of Olives. It was built in the 4th century. From this spot Christ is supposed to have ascended to Heaven. When I visited, it was surrounded by wasteland. Some Palestinian children told me these were the remains of houses bull-dozed by the Israelis. I photographed the detritus, which included a coke can, a plastic bag and a rubber bullet.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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