٠ The political function of landscape-family photographs in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict ٠

© Gil Pasternak, Esther Pasternak, 1970s. Esther Pasternak collection of family photographs, 1946–99. Description: The defiant lion is a tombstone monument erected in 1932 to commemorate a group of eight Jewish pioneer settlers who, as the Israeli version of the story goes, fell to Arab village militias in the settlement of Tel Hai in 1920…

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┐ Blindness └

all photos © Adam Hinton in Gaza, 2012 all drawings © Joe Sacco, taken from Footnotes in Gaza, 2010. An interview with Joe Sacco about the book and the massacres reported in it here Articles about the Palestine/Israle conflict can be accessed via Stop the War Coalition

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┐ Michal Heiman └

CRITICAL IMAGE: MICHAL HEIMAN, By Dr. Ariella Azoulay Michal Heiman chose the position of the spectator looking at someone else’s photographs taken by someone else, in which someone else is photographed, which someone else collected. Heiman turns this quintessential position of spectator (in a museum, but not only) into her own, elaboration and giving it…

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┐ Sheffy Bleier └

© Sheffy Bleier, Organs,, from the series Organ Gardens, 2007 © Sheffy Bleier, Internal Landscape in the Pink Outside, 2009 “Ultimately, the question that lurks in these images is that of the possibility of reaching the sublime, the spiritual through the medium that appears wholly antithetical to it – body’s inner organs. True, the organs…

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║ Elad Lassry ║

© Elad Lassry, Burmese Mother, Kittens, 2008 © Elad Lassry, Two wolves, 2008 “Rarely is there enough visual information in a photograph by Elad Lassry to quite tell what is going on in the picture. Thatʼs the reverse of what most photographs intend, dedicated as they typically are to delivering data selectively plucked from the…

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║ Ori Gersht ║

© Ori Gersht, Blow up No. 14#06, from the series Time after time, 2008 “The latest digital technology has enabled Gersht to create contemporary versions of frozen life, bringing the concerns of Fantin-Latour and other still-life masters into a contemporary context. His photographs echo the appearance of oil paintings and allude to the inherent shadow…

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║ Gaston Zvi Ickowicz ║

© Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Untitled #2, from the series August 06, 2006 © Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Untitled #6, from the series August 06, 2006 “The images in the series “August 06″ were taken in the summer of 2006, during the cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon. These photographs portray Ickowicz’s view of the war  a dark…

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║ Adi Nes ║

© Adi Nes, Hagar, from the series Bible, 2006 © Adi Nes, Untitled, from the series Soldiers, 2000 © Adi Nes, Untitled, from the series Soldiers, 1998 “Staged photography, the style which I’ve adopted, demands complex production and exacting direction, if for no other reason than a great deal of money and energy are poured…

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║ Yuval Yairi ║

© Yuval Yairi, from the series Forevermore © Yuval Yairi, from the series Forevermore “Yuval Yairi’s (b. 1961) body of photographs, Forevermore, focuses on the Hansen Hospital in Jerusalem, the abode of Hansen’s disease patients, an illness which had erroneously been identified with biblical leprosy. Originally called Jesus Hilfe, the hospital was founded in 1887…

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║ Inbal Sivan ║

© Inbal Sivan, Baroque, 2003 © Inbal Sivan, Nude, 2007 “Inbal Sivan’s images borrow heavily from traditions in art history, including aspects of the “male gaze.” It entails inactive women looking at some vague point off-camera suggesting that they are not engaged with their audience (or with anything) but rather have appeared, conveniently, to be…

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║ Keren Assaf ║

© Karen Assaf, Untitled (42), 2007   © Karen Assaf, Untitled (40), 2007   “Keren Assaf is showing color prints of different sizes. She is trying to define in her works the “Israeli”, an utopian model deeply connected to the place, memories and identity. Assaf’s work relates to the family album, a central narrative in…

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