Herbron, West Bank. 2012
One Channel High Definition Video with Sound / Duration: 4 min 10 sec. loop > Edition of 7+2AP
16:9 PAL. 2 Ch Stereo / Installation dimensions variable
Filming: Yossi Shalev
Editing : Nira Pereg
Sound design : Nati Zeidenstadt
Post production: Tal korjak

ABRAHAM ABRAHAM follows a unique event of a temporary "change of hands" of what is believed to be one of the ancient and scared burial caves in the Jewish and Islamic believes. The cave, always a place of worship for both religions, has been physically divided for separate use since the Baruch Goldstein Massacre in 1994. The current status quo is 80% of the cave's area is a Masque and 20% is a Synagogue. However, ten time a year, in accordance with special holidays and under close Israeli military surveillance, the cave passes hands for 24 hours only, enabling each side to have full use for prayer in all the chambers of the cave.
The work Abraham Abraham follows such a "switch" on the occasion of the Muslim holiday "Ramadan" July 2012.
In a mater of hours, the Jewish area is cleared out of all Jewish artifacts, inspected by the Army for security, and stands vacant for a few short moments, awaits its Muslim inhabitants to enter with their carpets and turn the empty rooms in a masque.

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