This work was filmed in a religious complex in the West Bank known to Muslims as Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi (Sanctuary of Abraham) and to Jews as Me’arat Ha-Machpelah (Cave of the Double): it is a site of pilgrimage for both communities. Following a 1994 massacre of Palestinian worshippers at the hands of a US Israeli extremist, the site now operates under a strict division of areas for each religious community. 20 times a year, however, each community regains full use of the space in accordance with religious holidays. Pereg reflects on the bureaucracy of occupation by following preparations on a Muslim holiday in July 2012, when the chambers are turned into a mosque under the inspection of an Israeli military unit. The reverse process is also filmed on a Jewish holiday in November 2012, when the site becomes a synagogue.
Gallery label, February 2024
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