Ronit Eden. Concept & Spatial Design offers curatorship and exhibition design
© Ronit Eden. concept & spatial design
Design: Cubicle Design
Digital print, 42 x 60 cm., (1 from 6), 2019
The photograph is part of the Common Views project by the artists for the Arad Contemporary Art Center (ACAC), curator, dr. Irit Carmon Popper.
Arad is a small town in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Most of the local inhabitants are Jews, who immigrated to Arad from different countries over the years, and Bedouins, who live in nearby villages.
The artists chose to focus on water as the central theme of the project. Water is the significant motif that highlights the inequality between the two different communities living side by side.
As a tribute to a self-portrait, one of the artists is photographed standing against the backdrop of the landscape - an ancient, biblical desert landscape. A metal lid that rolled onto the site, became a mask that hides the artist's face. Thus, symbolically, making him, the artist, part of the everyday landscape of the place.