Colonial Artifacts, 2003 $2,500
C-print face-mounted on gallery plexi, with floating box mount
Edition of 4, 37 1/4” by 50”

Empty machine gun shell casings fill a battered street in the Gaza Strip of the Occupied Territories of Palestine. This scene is sadly typical of the life of the people of Gaza. Military incursions into the refugee camp are frequent and quite deadly. Gaza is the most densely populated place on earth. The Gaza Strip is only 28 miles long (on the coast of the Mediterranean) by 4 miles wide. 1.2 million Palestinians live on 70% of the land while illegal Israeli colonial settlements now occupy 30% of the land with 6,000 settlers. One third of the Palestinian population live in the refugee camps. The UN estimates in 15 years the Palestinian population will double. Israel seized Gaza from Egypt in 1967.

This digital image was enlarged, cropped and manipulated on an Apple G4 computer using Photoshop. The original photo, and many more, was forwarded to Ringsby by Palestinian TV cameraman for the purpose of educating the American public of the grim realities of Palestinian life through art and working towards peace and reconciliation.