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An Abridged Draft for a Letter to Leila Khaled
"Before and along with the civil war of 1947-48, which resulted with the Palestinian exodus, Aviron was undertaking its most extensive operation ever - sweeping across the country, under the disguise of flying courses or romantic flights, the company’s airmen were taking photographs of strategic places, gathering intelligence in support of the military campaign...."
On the Optics of Mount Scopus
"There used to be, among the philosophers of the ancient world, two conflicting understandings of the way our eyes work..."
Perpetual Motion of the Fourth Kind
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.
Anti Mapping / with Miki Kratsman
Anti – Mapping is an ongoing project with the aim to continuously create maps as alternatives to the maps presented by the establishment, and thus avoiding the restrictions of visibility given by the Israeli government. Our goal is to provide the opportunity to see. The maps shows places that disappeared from the official maps like the “Unrecognized Bedouins Villages”, the “1948 Palestinian Villages” and other places that has no presence in online and offline maps.
Landscape in Continuum
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.
Gas, Stun, Smoke
The status quo arrangements considering the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif, which were updated along the years, do not allow non-muslim visitors, me included, to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque. This has contributed to the decision to create the works in the exhibition using existing material - photographs or videos uploaded to social media by Palestinian activists, passersby, and photographers of the Israeli Police. Through these materials the architecture is seen only as a background to the drama unfolding, which makes them very informative on the ways architecture is being employed by the practitioners of these events.
How to Photograph in the Land of Israel
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?
From the Shoe Box
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.