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Michal Bar-Or

MA work

Works from the Palestine Exploration Fund Archive

I'm using my artistic practice to rethink the mechanisms we use to construct our histories and identities.

In this project, I position myself against materials found in the London-based archive of the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF); the first organisation established specifically for the study of Palestine in 1865. I am using the archive's collection of objects and images - imported, like me, from Palestine to London - in order to re-view my motherland through a foreign timeframe and ideology.

The archive allows me to look at the very first European attempts to transform the notion of the land of Palestine by creating evidential links between the physical landscape and the Bible. This transformation still affects the reality and the politics of the region today. Archaeology was one of the main tools for this transformation, as it created material evidence that could transform the biblical stories into historical facts.

In this installation, I use different conceptual and material approaches to challenge, disrupt and intervene with those past archeological documents in order to rethink our notion of the land and our relationship to it.

The work reflects upon my own identity. It exposes the dual relationship I have with my motherland as both a daughter of colonialists (Zionists), and as a native, as I don't know any other home.

Info

  • Michal Bar-Or profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2013

  • Works from the Palestine Exploration Fund Archive

    I'm using my artistic practice to rethink the mechanisms we use to construct our histories and identities.

    In this project, I position myself against materials found in the London-based archive of the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF); the first organisation established specifically for the study of Palestine in 1865. I am using the archive's collection of objects and images - imported, like me, from Palestine to London - in order to re-view my motherland through a foreign timeframe and ideology.

    The archive allows me to look at the very first European attempts to transform the notion of the land of Palestine by creating evidential links between the physical landscape and the Bible. This transformation still affects the reality and the politics of the region today. Archaeology was one of the main tools for this transformation, as it created material evidence that could transform the biblical stories into historical facts.

    In this installation, I use different conceptual and material approaches to challenge, disrupt and intervene with those past archeological documents in order to rethink our notion of the land and our relationship to it.

    The work reflects upon my own identity. It exposes the dual relationship I have with my motherland as both a daughter of colonialists (Zionists), and as a native, as I don't know any other home.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Photography, Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Israel, 2008; Diploma, Hebrew Cultural Studies, Alma, Home for Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv
  • Experience

  • Research assistant to Michal Heiman, London, 2013; Creative printer, Rea Printing House, Tel Aviv, 2009–11; Research assistant to Dr Rona Sela, Tel Aviv, 2009; Digital imaging assistant, Thnography Department at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2007–8
  • Exhibitions

  • Exile, Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, 2013; Laboratory Austria, Xhibit , Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, 2013; The Suspension of History, Basement Project Space, Cork, 2012; Execution, Minshar Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2011
  • Awards

  • Winner, Google Photography Prize, Israel, 2012; Winner, Constance Fairness Foundation Prize, 2011; Winner, Keren Sharet Scholarship, 2006
  • Conferences

  • 'Where are you from?', The Jewish Engagement with Photography, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Osnabrück, 2012
  • Publications

  • Waving Flags, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Black Dog Publishing, 2013; 'Exile and Memory', Richard West, 74 Spring, Source Photographic Review, 2013; Artic 9, America Israel Cultural Foundation, 2007; Holon Now, Yossi Berger, The Israeli Centre for Digital Art, 2006