My works are self interrogations that are threaded into subjects of larger scale - the myths, landscapes, taboos, and images that form the foundations of identity and place in the country from which I come.
In my works, I tackle the involvement of the photographic medium in the history of colonization in Palestine and the creation of the Zionist sense of place. I work from the standpoint, and in an effort to implicate, that photography didn’t only contribute to these colonial projects, but was also affected by the tasks it lent itself to. As a photographer, I use my work to challenge what is perceived to be native and naive in the images made by others and myself.

Other Works

Shabtai Pinchevsky / Projects

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.