Gilad OphirRishon Le Zion 1992

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Gilad Ophir (born 1957)
Rishon Le Zion
Date 1992
MediumPhotograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensionssupport: 980 x 1480 mm
Acquisition Presented by Joseph Hackmey 2000
Not on display


This text discusses three photographs from 1992, all titled Rishon Le Zion (P11744, P11745, P11746).

These three photographs are wide views, taken from three different distances of Rishon Le Zion, a city south-east of Tel Aviv. They depict the point where the edge of the city and the edge of the desert meet.

There are two themes which recur in the work of Ophir. One is the opposition of nature to culture and the other is the impact of militarisation on the landscape. In both he seeks an engagement with urgent social and political issues in Israel. Rishon Le Zion literally means 'first in Zion' and it was the first permanent settlement established in Israel by Zionist immigrants in the late nineteenth century. These three photographs of Rishon le Zion, from a larger series, show the border between desert and urban agglomeration from different vantage points… (read more)

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