WE* CALL IT DISNEYLAND
2016/2018c-prints | size variablebook in collaboration with Teresa Schönherr
„We* call it Disneyland“ ist a journey to different places in Israel where Zionist ideas get visible. Places where the jewish state inscribes itself into the landscape. Places where urban planning ideals become evident. Places where history is imparted. The project talks about appropriation of a landscape and its history with its positive and its negative sides. I am combining pictures of the national borders of Israel, of reforestation projects, nature parks, archeological sites and other places of conveying history, details from archival portraits from the 1930s and 40s and pictures from houses in jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories. In the course of this I am connecting the beginnings of the state of Israel with the political situation today. At the same time I am highlighting that all these places and identity-establishing ideas are mutually dependent. The selection of places is subjective and without any claim of comprehensivness. This subjectivity is supported by personal notes. There are experiences, situations and thoughts which illustrate in a playful way my movement through the country. The title „We* call it Disneyland“ points out the constructedness of the national state of Israel and by implication the artifciality of every national state in the world. It is a reminder, that the human writes its history and not the history the human, not only in Israel but everywhere.