lightboxes, installation view Moderna Museet Malmo, 2010
Lightbox and semi-transparent print
The Lightbox diptych features collaged images deriving from Yael Bartana’s film Summer Camp. The prints were made for Yael's retrospective at the Malmo Museum. The film Summer Camp shows the activities of “The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions” (ICAHD); their actions consist amongst others of rebuilding Palestinian houses in the occupied territories. In the summer of 2006 Bartana filmed a group of ICAHD volunteers consisting of Palestinians, Israeli and various other nationalities, assisted by Palestinian construction workers, who were trying to rebuild in the village of Anata (east of Jerusalem) the former house of Abu Ahmed Al Hadad at exactly the same location where it was demolished by the Israeli authorities at the end of 2005. The result is a phenomenally edited 12 minutes image and sound composition in which Bartana uses the same stylistic devices as the Zionist propaganda films from the first half of the twentieth century. It refers directly to Helmar Lerski’s film ‘Awodah’ from 1934-’35, proclaiming the dream of a Zionist state, which is projected on the second screen.