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FAZAL SHEIKH: ERASURE. {Box title: The Erasure Trilogy.} Steidl Verlag, Gottingen, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. Three volumes. Vol. 1 (Memory Trace): 104 pp. with 49 ills. Vol. 2 (Independence: Nakba): 136 pp. with 130 ills. Vol. 3 (Desert Bloom): 160 pp. with 80 ills. (80 col.) and 32-page booklet with 86 col. ills. 28 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783869308050 In English.
See also Worldwide 168656, a related volume. Publisher's description: The Erasure Trilogy explores the anguish caused by the loss of memory-by forgetting, amnesia or suppression-and the resulting human desire to preserve memory, all seen through the prism of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Memory Trace, the first book in the trilogy, depicts the ruins caused by the Arab-Israeli War of 1948: portraits of those traumatized by violence, devastated landscapes and fragments of buildings. This visual poem suggests the irreparable loss of a lingering past that augurs a painful and difficult future. Tracing the ironic consequences of David Ben-Gurion's dream of settling the Negev and making the "desert bloom," the aerial photographs in Sheikh's Desert Bloom reveal the myriad actions that have displaced and erased the Bedouins who have lived in the desert for generations. Here we see the extreme transformation of the landscape through erosion, mining, military training camps, the demolition of villages and afforestation. Through Sheikh's lens the desert becomes both an archive of violence and a record of human attempts to erase it. Independence/Nakba consists of 66 diptychs-one for each year since 1948 -- pairing people from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and of gradually increasing age.
Artist(s):Sheikh, Fazal
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography — Other American Minority Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 163163
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