2016, digital print on archival paper
This is one of a series of three photographs made in Israel and the West Bank that document the performance of rooting myself in a ‘foreign’ land. Materially I play with the idea of body/ clay as body / clay/ body as clay merging into the earth. With the image, I question the notion of, and relationship with ‘home’, with ‘land’, the meaning of a ‘homeland’ and the act of returning to the homeland. I question notions of ownership and control. I suggest rootedness and up-rootedness; I also refer to the first act of claiming right to the earth – by planting trees and crops – the means by which the human species has colonized the earth.