Dor Guez, Realizing the Land

Goodman Gallery, London

23 November 2022 – 14 January 2023

Dor Guez is an artist and scholar, who was born in Jerusalem to a Christian-Palestinian household on his mom’s aspect, and a household of Jewish immigrants on his father’s aspect. Dwelling and dealing between Jaffa and New York, he’s well-known for his pictures, video installations, essays, and lecture-performances that discover the connection between artwork, trauma, and displacement. Previously 20 years, his follow has centered on archival supplies and pictures of the Center East and North Africa.

The exhibition title ‘Realizing the Land’ refers to Joseph Schwarz, one of many first geographers of Ottoman Palestine. A brand new sequence of layered botanic pictures are on show on the bottom ground of the gallery. Based mostly on a Sixties information to flora in Palestine, Guez focuses on vegetation rising in nationwide borders within the Levant to replicate on how nature is appropriated to create a way of nationwide identification: “Vegetation usually bear names of cities, international locations, and peoples, framing them as ‘Syrian’, ‘Damascene’, ‘Jordanian’, ‘Egyptian’, ‘Persian’, ‘Land of Israel’, ‘Arab’, ‘Palestinian’, ‘Jewish’, and extra” says Guez.

The artist’s most up-to-date sculptural sequence, 90° away from the Solar, 2022, is dispersed all through the exhibition. On the ground, we are able to see sliced basalt rocks from the Israel-Syria border which float on a reflective floor that simulates strains on a map. The rock items are paired with historical measuring devices hanging from the ceiling. The basalt, which is exclusive to this space, creates a magnetic subject that disrupts the performance of a compass, making it difficult for navy forces to navigate the realm.

Qalâat Al-Husan, 2022, the centre piece of ‘Realizing the Land’ was filmed in a historic basalt stone-built metropolis, an archaeological web site situated between Syria and Israel, often called Hippos. At this time, entry to the positioning is restricted and has been deserted, as a consequence of minefields left over from previous wars. With decreased human exercise over the many years, endangered natural world have been capable of flourish once more. For instance, a uncommon species of bats have arrange their roosts in an previous navy base. The soundtrack of the movie consists from recordings of feminine bats in search of prey above the basalt metropolis at evening. The video opens with a distant panoramic gaze recalling historic colonial photos of the Levant. The motion of sunshine and digital camera all through the video evokes gun turrets scanning for a goal, navigation gadgets or the frantic commotion of a battlefield.

In shut proximity to the movie, Guez’s new sequence of prints, Amid Imperial Grids, 2022, presents unfavorable photos of the primary trendy maps of Palestine relationship again to 1885. Guez eliminated any markers from the maps that label the panorama, together with names of roads, cities, mountains, and extra. The ensuing shiny orange and yellow strains appear to be pulsating blood vessels.

Each Palestinian and Israeli, Guez’s private background embodies the notion of hybridity, and his work maps the house the place a number of cultures have collided into one. “My work doesn’t purpose to show who is correct and who’s incorrect. Dichotomous considering doesn’t curiosity me” says Guez. “The concept can also be to reveal narratives which to a sure extent oppose the idea of nationalism.”

Dor Guez’s highly effective and visually intriguing exhibition ‘Realizing the Land’ invitations audiences to have interaction in new methods of seeing, understanding, and understanding the complexities of the Center East right now.

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Christine Takengny
Senior Curator

26 Cork Street, London W1S 3ND
Opening Occasions: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 6pm; Saturday 11am to 4pm
Exhibition open till
14 January 2023