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Therein lies part of the power of Where We Come From: it frames the abstract political nightmare of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in human perspective. There are no screaming headlines, no large-scale prints of bulldozed homes or weeping mourners. There are only innocuous pictures and words. Between those simple photographs and unremarkable written requests lies a profoundly affecting failure: the implicit inadequacy of Jacir’s gesture. No matter the generosity of her offer or the sincerity with which she fulfilled the requests, the success of her modest actions is pathetic in the face of security fences, visa denials, army incursions and suicide bombings.
Lori Waxman, ‘Picturing Failure’ in Parachute, no.115, 2004 pp.30-45.