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JUL 27, 2006 Japan Times
[Finally hitting the local]
by Monty Dipietro
In Gallery A there are a series of black-and-white photographs shot in Israel and Palestine during four visits last year by Daichi Koda.
"Living in the Conflict" takes the new Israeli "separation wall" as its point of departure, but doesn't take sides in the actual conflict
that exists around it. "Of course, I know the wall creates many difficulties for the Palestinian people," says the artist, "but when I met
Israeli soldiers I realized they were just regular people as well. My sympathies are with everyone living in this environment of conflict."
One of Koda's photographs shows a Bedouin farmer tending to his goats beside the wall, which stretches off to the horizon. A pasture, previously
used for grazing, now lies beyond the wall, inaccessible. In another photograph, a group of Israeli soldiers relax against the wall - I wouldn't
say they look like thugs, but neither would I invite them over for tea. I will say this - I'd like it if they had a look at Koda’s portfolio,
which does its best to take the viewer past preconceptions and to the human side of what is happening in a beautiful land scarred by conflict.
Some would say Koda's perspective is naive, detached as it is from the history of the region - but he's been on both sides of the wall, and he
has brought back a worthwhile documentation of what he saw. Carefully photographed, the work brings an appreciation lacking in mainstream media coverage.