Final project at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, 2016
The Arava is a long and narrow valley spanning from the south end of the
Dead Sea down to the Gulf of Eilat. It is an isolated and remote place in terms
of human habitation, despite constituting roughly half of the country's length.
The desert is naturally imbued with the ability to create a sense of freedom
and arouse a nomadic instinct, instigating a curious process of symbiosis and
subsequent coping with symbiosis between man and nature, evident, among
other things, in construction that considers climate, wind directions, and
extreme temperature changes.
In all that sand I found another option for living. Different houses surrounded
by red mountains and fields of date trees. I documented buildings, moments
and objects that symbolized for me the concept of home. In examining
the unique desert living environment, veering from the norms of four concrete
walls and a roof, the question arises: what does "residence" mean? The
difference between transience and nomadic life to permanence is revealed in
the small details, in the signs of familiar civilization peeking through the
unknown and desolate background.