2018  |  Multi channel Video installation with Sound |  Duration: 22 min 12 sec.loop |  Edition of 7+2AP

Shot in the Mojave Desert in northern San Bernardino County, California, USA

I know God has given you the land, and that your terror has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you Joshua 2:9

The work “Melt Away Before You” or “I Can’t Believe Its Not Battle,” is the second of my “REDEMPTION” trilogy (following “This RedRed Stuff”) .This body of work deals with the heritage of ideology and its religious, political, and economic representations.

This work revolves around the site of Fort Irwin National Training Center, a major training area for the United States Military located in the Mojave Desert. Fort Irwin is a simulation of another place—a Middle Eastern town—that becomes a subject of investigation into the nature of authenticity, fiction, and the theater of war.

As America’s embedment in the Middle East has become increasingly entrenched, complicated, and violent, the Armed Forces are looking to theater and performance as counter strategies to keep apace with the shifting specificities of combat. Pereg seeks to blur the boundaries between “real’” and “staged” events by underscoring the military’s reliance on simulated warfare.

Editing: Nira Pereg  |  Filming: Ziv berkovich  |  Sound design : Nati Zeidenstadt  |  Post: Tal Korjak

Exhibition design: Hanan Belisha

Images from solo exhibition at LAXART, L.A, USA Curator: Hamza Walker