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Copyright 2023 FotoEvidence. All rights reserved.

Photographs copyright © 2022 David Leshem

Personal Essay copyright © 2022 David Leshem

Essay © 2023 Esther Zandberg

Essay © 2023 Nitzan Shahar

Hebrew Text Editor: Yaron David

Translation: Beverly Katz & Nir Zamir

English Text Editor: David Stuart

Design: Melike Taşcıoğlu Vaughan

Project guidance: Etty Schwartz

Artistic and photography guidance: Gaston Zvi Ickowicz

Book production guidance: Svetlana Bachevanova


First edition

ISBN 979-8-9865952-1-4

Printed at Ofset Yapimevi

Reliquarium​ - 1st Edition

Hardcover/16.5 x 22.5cm portrait

100 pages, 51 images

Bilingual English/עברית Hebrew רֵליקוַוריוּם

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Reliquarium by David Leshem provides a report of the prevailing and ever-increasing phenomenon of large raw weapon installations in the Israeli urban habitat; schools, kindergartens, traffic circles et al, as photographed by David Leshem.


Leshem’s work examines issues of fear, security and national pride by reflecting on large weapon installations in the urban landscape.


Leshem’s photography is aligned with Robert Frank’s saying that “…it is important to see what is invisible to others.” While adhering to a topographic photography practice with its matter-of-factness, almost a dull reflection of the banal. Raising questions like what meaning these installations dictate, does the public endorse or oppose these installations, or are they simply apathetic to these weapons placed in public spaces?


“Reliquarium” brings forth a debate about the military presence in the Israeli public space, a subject which is seldom discussed in civil discourse. In a way a 'banalization of war' is instituted. The weapon became an obvious, expected part of the daily scenery, like houses, roads, and cars.

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