Ghost

Ori Gersht / Ghost

Opening: 02/09/2004   Closing: 10/10/2004

Ghost, Installation View, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2004
Ghost, Installation View, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2004
Ghost, Installation View, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2004
Ghost, Installation View, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2004
Olive 16, 150x120cm, 2004
Blaze 2, 150x120cm, 2004
Untitled 17, 100x80cm, 2004
Blaze 3, 120x120cm, 2004

For the making of this work I spent a lot of time in the Galilee, among trees that were over 500 years old and more. The olive trees have got a unique significance – they symbolise the bond between the farmer and his ancestors and the land. For that reason they are at the forefront of the current territorial disputes.

 

I took the photographs at midday, when the bright and bleaching sun was hovering in mid sky. I over exposed the film by many stops, allowing the harsh and violent sun to attack the film and melt the images of the trees.

 

Later in the darkroom I attempted to rescue the details and the traces from the over exposed and therefore dense negatives. In contrast to the violent and destructive act of exposure the images that appeared on the paper were frail, delicate and gentle.