The exhibition and catalogue House Without Home investigates Naomi Safran-Hon’s (b. 1984) relationship to Israel and its ongoing conflict. She begins by photographing the interiors of abandoned buildings in Wadi Salib, a neighborhood in the heart of downtown Haifa, Israel, where the artist grew up. Printed images of dilapidated architectural structures are wrought with layers of peeling paint and crumbling plaster. Figuratively speaking, Safran-Hon rebuilds these dilapidated structures through constructive means, by adding bits of lace and pushing cement through the holes, as if preserving the former inhabitants’ stories and memories. The contrasts between photo and paint, lace and cement, come together seamlessly, creating paintings which are multi-layered, not only in process but in content. Powerful images reveal that home is no longer a haven. The works speak of loss and absence, void of the people displaced by war and conflict who once inhabited these now desolate places.
- Publication Date
- Feb 19, 2016
- Art & Photography
- All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
- By (author): Susan Issacs, By (author): Laura Amussen
- Interior Color
- Square (8.5 x 8.5 in / 216 x 216 mm)