100 Steps to the Mediterranean

100 Steps to the Mediterranean
, a solo exhibition of photography and video installations by Dor Guez, one of the most compelling emerging artists in the Middle East, will open on Sept. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.  It will be the artist's first major museum exhibition in the United States.

100 Steps to the Mediterranean explores the overlooked histories of the Christian Palestinian minority in the Middle East by tracing the memories and present experiences of three generations of the artist's family. Jerusalem-born Guez interweaves their stories with renderings of specific sites in contemporary Israel that are central to their lives — the old town of Lod, Ben Shemen Forest, and the Mediterranean shore in Jaffa.

Guez combines disparate mediums and genres, from nocturnal landscapes to scanned family photographs, from epic lightbox photographs to intensely personal documentary videos. His work invites us to meditate on a range of issues: ideology and landscape, national and religious identity, testimony and memory, and the multifaceted ways photographs and videos can convey meaning — all to underscore profound human concerns about dignity and social justice. Replacing the polarized discourse that dominates identity politics today (East vs. West; Arab vs. Jew; Israeli vs. Palestinian; them vs. us), he helps us imagine alternative options of being.

Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean is co-curated by Gannit Ankori, professor of fine arts and chair in Israeli art, and Dabney Hailey, director of academic programs at the Rose.  

Guez will give an artist's talk on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. An illustrated catalog of the exhibition, with essays by the curators, the artist, and Samir Srouji, a Boston architect and artist, will be released at the talk.

For more information, see the exhibition's Press Release.

Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean is supported by Artis — Contemporary Israeli Art Fund; Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University; The Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist in Residency Annual Award Program; Lois Foster Exhibition Fund; and Office of the Provost, Brandeis University.

Image: © Dor Guez; Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv and Carlier Gabauer Gallery, Berlin