There is a promise attached to this land for all three narratives, the three monotheisms. What have we done with this promise? What can we do? What will we do with it? And what will it do with us? At stake here is the universal and not just a piece of land.
Here resides my frustration. There is a limit to what a photograph can say. Perhaps, even worse, what a photograph gives us to see is vitality and robustness. Where are the scars, where is the eternal longing? I resisted the temptation of including didactic captions and privileged a poetic dimension. At the price of depriving the reader of a precious source of information,
I hoped to also prevent the reader from having the illusion that there is a definite answer.
Everything for me starts with a story that grabs my imagination, and I want to tell the story in return. I am a storyteller who eventually ends up telling my own story and enabling each potential reader to connect and reclaim his or her own story, the story of the human condition.
The main guideline for my editing was that the reader, by opening the book, should be invited to experience the lack of resolution or answers that I found. I want the photographs to be the tools for the reader to undertake his or her own archeology of fear and desire.
Each day, L’Oeil de la Photographie will present you a series by photographer.
From February 12 to June 5th, 2016
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238