Naomi Slaney's project 'Seven Days' is a commissioned site-specific installation exhibited at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art's Collection Gallery in 2019. The installation alludes to the location of the gallery opposite the Yad Labanim commemoration hall. Slaney created twelve life cycles lasting seven days each, beginning with the arrangement of a monumental wreath installed in the center of the gallery. Each week's withering flowers were subsequently dried inside twelve dated, blank books installed in the gallery in advance, which function as an archive in the making.
It is a poetic yet critical response to the nature of war commemoration in Israel, one which plans readymade solutions for those to be perpetuated in the future, but not the ways to avoid the painful consequences of conflict.
Photos: Gal Deren, Naomi Slaney