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A map fixed on a classroom wall, a yearly celebration of tree-planting, the images in a textbook, or a national school ceremony. These products and idols all have a function in the process of cultural structuring, and growing up in Israel, I became aware of these processes. In my work, I wish not to break these idols, but rather to investigate and question them.

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The works in the exhibition is a product of a goal I set to myself - to complete a walk around the perimeter of Jerusalem. A course of walk that can be marked on a map, but is not a trail in itself. A walk that is the result of geographic principle, but is devoid of a topographical logic.



The research subject in Landscape in Continuum is a portion of land that sits between Isawiya and Abu Tor in East Jerusalem; unappropriated territory at the heart of a controversy between official authorities that seek to turn it into a national park - the Jerusalem Municipality, the Nature and Parks Authority, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection - and activists, politicians, urban planners, and residents of the area who wish to prevent this plan from being realized.


For my graduation project I propose to create the Cabinet of Curiosities of the “Israeli excursion”. Cabinet of Curiosities is usually translated to hebrew as “cabinet of wonders”, but I prefer the curiosity. While the wonder relates to the spectator’s experience, the curiosity describes the motivation of the collector. The collection and curation of knowledge are the subject of my project - the “knowledge of the land” (yedi'at ha'aretz). But my Cabinet of Curiosities will not ask to create any new knowledge, but to decipher an existing one - what it is we know - when we “know” the land?





The work is based on a collection of approximately 700 passport images found in the Yad Yizhak Ben Zvi Image Archive, Jerusalem. The images were taken at the Hashed immigration camp ('Geula'), Yemen, during the first wave of immigration of the 'On Wings of Eagles' operation (December 1948 - March 1949). Written on the verso of each picture are the names of the person photographed, date of photography, and one repeating name - Yechiel Shlomo Kessar.