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FIRST PHOTOBOOK SHORTLIST: ​A House Without a Roof

Adam Golfer
A House Without a Roof

Booklyn, Brooklyn, 2016
Designed by Ghazaal Vojdani
booklyn.org

In A House Without a Roof, Adam Golfer attempts to reconcile the contradictory histories of the founding of the state of Israel with the resulting, ongoing violence of its military occupation and religious-ethnic displacement of Palestinians. Photographs documenting the violence of everyday life in Israel and Palestine are collaged and interwoven with archival material and appropriated imagery from the Internet, visually manifesting Golfer’s own fractured understanding of the conflict as an American outsider. Golfer frames his project with stories of his own family’s experiences—his father is a former resident of Israel, his grandfather a survivor of Dachau—which, transcribed in English and translated into both Hebrew and Arabic, expound on his inherited connection to this place, while renouncing any claims of ownership. As Bertrand states, “Golfer successfully captures the complications of this conflict through his willingness to forgo any definitive conclusions about its history, by simultaneously finding a very coherent way to combine images, texts, and materiality.”

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