Itamar Gov Tikkun (Daniel)

Tikkun (Daniel) 2019

Series of seven prints, mixed media 45x30 cm each.

Seven small photographs, found in a family album and seem to document a military expedition of the first leadership of the state of Israel, set proof to the role of Daniel Gov (1921-1957) in the establishment of the young State of Israel – which involved the expulsion and displacement of the local Palestinian communities in 1948.

Both a family hero and at the same time an officer who took part in a catastrophe brought upon a fleeing people, his photos evoke a puerile wish that he hadn’t been present in those well-documented moments alongside David Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister. Could the act of eliminating him from photographs interfere with the narration of his actions?