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NIRA PEREG ABRAHAM ABRAHAM facing SARAH SARAH at Prix Maratier -La Fondation pro mahj le musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme ,Paris, France. 2015. Photo by Yael Engelhart


    

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ABRAHAM ABRAHAM SARAH SARAH

2012  |  The Cave of the Patriarch / Ibrahim Mosque, Hebron, West Bank. |  Two Channel Video installation with Sound  | Duration: 4 min 10 sec.loop > Edition of 7+2AP

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ABRAHAM ABRAHAM SARAH SARAH follows the unique event of a temporary "change of hands" of what is considered to be one of the most sacred burial caves in the Jewish and Islamic belief systems. .


The Cave of the Patriarchs, also called the “Cave of the double” in Hebrew and known by Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque الحرم الإبراهيمي‎‎, al-Haram al-Ibrahimi , is a series of subterranean chambers located in the heart of the old city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), the largest city in the occupied West Bank.


The site, always a place of worship for both religions, has been open to Jewish worshipers since its occupation by Israel in 1967. In 2010 the state of Israel had declared the Cave of the Patriarch a Cultural heritage monument, and in July 2017 UNESCO’s World Heritage committee recognized the Cave of the Patriarchs as part of the State of Palestine.


Since the Baruch Goldstein Massacre in 1994 the site has been physically divided for separate use of both religions. The current status quo is: 80% of the site is a Mosque and 20% of the site is a Synagogue. Currently, the site is controlled and maintained by an Israeli cooperative of the IDF, the Israeli border police, the local Israeli police, and the Muslim Waqf.


However, 20 days a year, in accordance with special holidays and under close Israeli military control, the site passes hands for 24 hours only, enabling each side to have full use of all the chambers of the cave.

ABRAHAM ABRAHAM follows such a "change of hands" on the occasion of a Muslim holiday, July 2012.


In a matter of hours, the Jewish area is cleared out of all Jewish artifacts, inspected by a special unit of IDF for security, and stands vacant for a few short moments, before the Muslims enter with their own artifacts and turn the emptied rooms into a mosque for the next 24 hours.


SARAH SARAH follows such an event on the occasion of Jewish holiday on November 2012.  In a matter of hours, the Muslim area is cleared out of its artifacts, inspected by a special unit of IDF for security, and stands vacant for a few short moments, before the Jews enter with their own artifacts and turn the emptied rooms into a synagogue for the next 24 hours.

The two events are edited in a symmetrical fashion into two separate videos. However, although they are synchronized, they are placed facing each other, forcing the viewer to constantly turn his gaze from one side to the other, creating a binary experience in a simultaneous setting.


Editing: Nira Pereg  |  Filming: Yossi Shalev  | Sound design : Nati Zeidenstadt  |  Post: Tal Korjak  |