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Dor Guez, Samira, Lod Ghetto, a Year After 1948 (detail), 2010, 23 5/8 x 29 1/2". From the series “Scanograms #1,” 2010.

Dor Guez

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Dor Guez, Samira, Lod Ghetto, a Year After 1948 (detail), 2010, 23 5/8 x 29 1/2". From the series “Scanograms #1,” 2010.

Coming days after the Israeli cabinet’s vote to require non-Jews seeking citizenship to affirm Israel as a Jewish state, Dor Guez’s artist’s talk on the occasion of his first major European exhibition proved critical to understanding the significance of his work. Even as the Jerusalem-born artist declared his video- and photography-based project to be more historical than political, the audience’s impassioned engagement with questions of identity politics that evening confirmed that a part of this work’s power lies in its capacity to stir conversation and debate. In tracing a narrative of the 1948 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian city of Al-Lydd (since renamed Lod) and its aftermath, the exhibition explored the complex history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of the town’s Arab Christian minority, through the testimonies of three generations of Guez’s

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