Greetings from the [un]Holy Land: A Postcard Project from Israel/Palestine

ברכות מארץ ה [לא] קדש احلاً من ارض ال [لا] مقدسة

 

This project began as a question of story telling. How could I share the fraught realities of Israel and Palestine with a larger audience in a more layered and nuanced way than what makes the news? 

Through daily postcard snapshots [that endure for longer than a snapchat], I hope to capture and share the strange intricacies and surreal dissonance of daily life and violence in Israel and Palestine. Dissonance can be enlightening. Click each photo to view the text on the back.

The project has since grown to also interrogate routes of communication and the shifting from a virtual space to a concrete object which will pass from me to its recipient and be held in the hands of many others along the way. A postcard is very public: anyone can read what is written on the back. Who knows who will come across my message?

 [un]Holy Land is meant to reflect my own questions of holiness. How does the construction of Israel as a holy place interact with the very profane, and even unholy, events of daily life, especially in Palestine?