Kwistaz Haderach is an exhibition by Ella Littwitz curated by Or Tshuva and Drorit Gur Arie at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in 2017. It was composed of a two-part outdoor and indoor installation, which reflected on the quandary regarding the feasibility of settling a constantly changing geopolitical sphere.
In 1982, on the eve of Israel's return of the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt and the evacuation of Yamit, the city's houses were taken apart, and their walls were stored in the hope that they would be used in the construction of new settlements. The Yamit region was largely built using prefabricated construction, due to the need to settle the newly occupied territory quickly and in keeping with the hot climate and the sand dunes surrounding it. One of these prefabricated pieces—a 6.5-meter long concrete wall—was re-installed in front of the museum. For nearly four decades it rested in a "wall cemetery" in the Shalom region, and still bears signs of what was once a house: traces of interior walls, windows, and ceramic tiles. The project's other part was a sand dune, likewise cut off from its natural setting, which was introduced into the museum space. The dune was 'respirated' by means of industrial fans, which allowed it to take different shapes and change in the space over the duration of the show, much like a natural dune.
Photos: Uri Pinner, Elad Sarig