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Dani Gal, Untitled (Reality Estates: Fake Properties, Lifta), 2015, photographs, documents, 28 3/4 × 28".

Dani Gal

Freymond-Guth Fine Arts

Dani Gal, Untitled (Reality Estates: Fake Properties, Lifta), 2015, photographs, documents, 28 3/4 × 28".

In 2012, Dani Gal made a two-channel HD video installation called Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. It was a re-creation of an oft-overlooked detail of the Black September attack on the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. As the terrorist operation (named after two abandoned Palestinian villages, Iqrit and Biram) played out over the course of a single day, the captors forced their Israeli captives to swap clothes with them in order to confuse those observing the building where the athletes were quartered. In his video, Gal had eleven actors dressing and undressing continuously, in and out of athletic wear, civvies, and police uniforms. The resulting ambiguity—are we watching actors preparing for their roles, or has the story already begun?—played upon the recursive nesting of documentation within fiction and vice versa. With hostages and

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