THE PREPARATIONS

The memorial day for the fallen soldiers of Israel and victims of terrorism is a ritual, held each year in the same format without gaps, but the number of fallen is changing. The ceremony is an end point and a starting point in a cycle of friction, violence, struggle and fighting. As the ritual come to keep this circle of loss and to justify that this cycle should be going on.

Here in this work the images focus on the preparations for the ceremony. Nothing is standing still. The soldiers are dressed in unrepresentative uniforms. They practice their steps again and again. I examine them in the same frame, above the stage.

On one of the days I took pictures in this location, a soldier approached me and asked what I was doing. I explained to her and she asked while answering: “Why are you taking pictures of soldiers? Soldiers are not nice.”

The next day an officer approached me, he was concerned that his soldiers will not look good in the photos I took, because they were not wearing their representative uniform. In this moment I remembered the sentence that the soldier had told me the day before.

(The project was presented as part of a photography workshop led by Davi Barell and  Yaara Gur-Arie at Zilumbaam)

 

A man mowing the lawn (video)

 

The End, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

Evergreen grass No. 1, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

Evergreen grass No. 2, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

Practicing No. 1, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

Practicing No. 2, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

Practicing No. 3, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

The Memorial Day, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

The Firing Squad, Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

The Beginning,  Medium format 6×9 film, print 8.27 × 11.69 inches

 

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