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Dor Guez is a photography and video artist who lives and works in Jaffa, Israel. Guez's work focuses on questions of cultural diversity and ethnic identity. Through his artistic practice, he explores an intricate, multifaceted reality and challenges the boundaries and prevalent binary oppositions between East and West, Jews and Arabs, religion and secularism, Israeli and Palestine identity.
In the catalogue accompanying the Al-Lydd exhibition, a survey of his recent work at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Guez unfolds the story of the Christian Arab branch of his family over three generations, sketching cultural, religious, ethnic, and historical junctions. Using photography, scans, video and animation, the show tells the story of three generations of the Lod-based Monayer family, whose history is entwined with the history of the city. In 1948, the Palestinian city Lod (“Al-Lydd” in Arabic) was occupied by the Haganah, the Jewish paramilitary organization that later became the core of the Israeli army. The 1948 war’s local result was the displacement of 95% of the city’s citizens.
Guez manages to pinpoint a highly delicate political issue simply by telling a few short stories. The catalogue will lend a voice to the Christian Arabs as both an ethnic and a religious-ethnic minority among the Muslim Arabs, challenging the validity of prevalent conventions in the local public discourse as they encounter the private, the personal, and the human.
The book includes contributions by Ariella Azoulay, Felix Ensslin, and a conversation between Dor Guez and Susanne Pfeffer