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A Conversation with Artist Dor Guez

Archives, Narrative and Memory

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Image Credit: Dor Guez/Archival Inkjet Print: (left) Lilies of the Field #1, Jerusalem, Mosque El-Aksa, 2019, (right) Lilies of the Field #1, Jerusalem, Mount Olives, 2018

Jerusalem-born artist and scholar Dor Guez's groundbreaking work - at the intersection of photography, video and archives - resonates globally and contributes to broader conversations about nationality and its impact on locality and the individual. In this event, join Professor Guez and Dr. Rotem Rozental, as they discuss his recent projects.

Thursday, May 20, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (Pacific Time)
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Sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Information Studies, Department of Art, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, and the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

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About the Event

Combining historical ethos with individual tales, Dor Guez's artistic practice reflects the structural and formal tensions between the artificial and the natural, imitation and origin. In this lecture, Guez will explore the relationship between language, displacement, and entangled perceptions of nature, home and identity. He will focus particularly on his recent work, Lillies of the Field, which exists at the cross-point between historical archives, contemporary photography, and video. It is a collaboration with the American Colony Archive in Jerusalem, among the first to capture “The Holy Land” at the second half of the 19th century. Lilies of the Field tackles how representations of the landscape, explicitly or implicitly, are subjugated to Orientalist precepts.

Additionally, Guez will draw insight from two other archives in which the artist has been working with over a decade: the Pinchas Lavon Institute for Labour Movement Research in Tel Aviv, one of the most extensive Zionist archives in Israel, and the Christian Palestinian Archive, which the artist established in 2006.


About the Speakers

Dor Guez is an artist and a scholar. He was born in Jerusalem to a Palestinian family on his mother's side and a family of Jewish immigrants from Tunisia on his father's. Guez's photography, video, essays, and lecture-performances explore the relationship between art, narrative, and memory. Interrogating personal experiences and official accounts of the past, Guez raises questions about contemporary art's role in narrating unwritten histories and re-contextualizing visual and written documents. In the past 20 years, his studies and artistic work focus on archival materials and photographic practices of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as mapping traces and structures of violence in the landscape. To date, eight catalogues have been published internationally about Guez's practice, and his work has been displayed in over 40 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions worldwide. Guez received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in 2014 and became a full professor at Bezalel Academy of the Arts and Design in 2018. He is the founder of the CPA (Christian-Palestinian Archive), the head of the Master of Fine Arts Program at Bezalel, and the co-director of Seaport: Mediterranean Curatorial Residency. He shares his time between Jaffa and New York.


Rotem Rozental is chief curator and senior director of arts and culture at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. She received her M.A. from the Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences at Tel Aviv University in 2011, and her Ph.D. from the Art History Department at Binghamton University, New York in 2019. Her research examines the conflicted meeting points of photographic and archival technologies with civic spaces. An Israeli photo-historian, scholar, consultant, lecturer and mother (not necessarily in that order!), her writings appeared in Artforum.com, Tablet, Philosophy of Photography, Tohu Magazine, and Doc! Magazine, among other outlets. Rotem’s work has been recognized and supported by various organizations, including Artis, Independent Curators International (ICI) and the Center for Jewish History.


DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions of our guest speakers and the content of their presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Hosting speakers does not constitute an endorsement of the speaker's views or opinions. 

Sponsor(s): Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Information Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Department of ArtArtis