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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
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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