|Orit Ishay, Public Domain, The Heder Gallery, 2009 (curator, catalogue)|
| For the last three years Orit Ishay has been photographing bomb|
shelters in the peripheral areas of Israel,1 from Kiryat Shmona in the
north to Ofakim in the south. Through research and inquiry, location
and photography, Ishay has constructed a body of work depicting
empty bomb shelters, photographed to show their surface materiality.
Reading into them, as I propose in this essay, indicates the manner
in which state mechanisms are reflected in the public sphere and
landscape and how establishment power relations – national, political,
gender-based, cultural, social and others – are inbuilt. Their exterior
symbolization reflects consciousness and a collective, cognitive state
of mind; their typological connection enables construction of a visual
text indicating these relationships, and the mental and cultural patterns
ingrained in Israeli society.
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| Kiryat Shmoana, 2008 |