Jisr al-Zarqa (ongoing project since 2002)
Twelve years ago, I began visiting Jisr al-Zarqa – an Arab, Muslim village located in the center of Israel. In the course of this long-term process, I have used photography as a tool for engaging with local residents and creating interactions that evolve in different contexts, as well as over time. Over the years, this framework has given rise to various series, while work on each series and the relationships I forged with the photographed individuals have given rise to additional series of photographs.
In some instances I initiate the photographs, while in other cases they are commissioned by village residents – creating alternative dynamics of contact between photographer and subjects and alternative power relations.
While working on this photography project, in 2005 I initiated and established a photography course for the village's high-school students.
Steel Wool (2009–2014)
This series was photographed in the center of Israel and in the Sharon region, and focuses on objects and places characterized by acts of improvisation and conversion. The photographs constitute a collection of instances in which the functional character of objects, rooms, and environments is converted or transformed, exceeding their original mode of use. In a world aspiring to the most efficient division of space and processes of mass production, improvisation and conversion are subversive actions, which challenge conventional definitions and perceptions through inventive and creative actions.
Invisible Presence (2010–2011)
The individuals photographed in this series are Palestinian residents of the West Bank who were living illegally in Israel while working on the construction of two buildings in a new neighborhood in Kfar Saba, in the center of Israel. Like many others, these workers crossed the border into Israel without the required permits. Due to their illegal status, they were constrained to live clandestinely in the building they were constructing, returning home at most once a month – even when home was located a short 15-minute drive from the construction site.
Zangvil Street (project in process)
This project is being photographed in Netanya, a city located 30 kilometers to the north of Tel Aviv, within four buildings located on Zangvil Street. These buildings were originally constructed as diamond factories, and were part of the large diamond industry once located in the city. Over time, the industry collapsed and the factories that employed hundreds of people were closed down and relocated to developing countries, where cheap labor can be found. This series studies these buildings and examines the transformation they have undergone, as well as their range of current uses – including residential use, an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva, a soup kitchen, a space for homeless squatters, a series of gambling clubs, and more. This is a portrait of an industrial zone as seen through its architecture, residents, and the relations between them.