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New Gate

Jack Persekian

100 Years


Jerusalem’s landscape as we know it today, is merely a surface layer, a slice in a long tumultuous history that has seen people and civilizations taking over from preceding ones. Over time, layers are obscured and sometimes obliterated to the point where only but few traces or ruins can be found, if any! Since the turn of the 19th Century and invention of photography, our relationship to how we see, comprehend and communicate our understanding of history and time has dramatically changed.

By superimposing an additional layer, a photograph taken today of the same location over that taken by the American Colony photographers some hundred years ago, shot from the same spot and the same angle would move us between two distinctive times. It allows us to study the changes that occurred, compare the different times, align the physical transformations with the events that took place in the city and around the region during the last century, and deduce from those observations all the agendas at play, then, now and still to come.

This body of work is an attempt to encourage people, in general, and especially Jerusalemites, to reassess their relation to this city, reexamine it carefully, indulge in its details and love it -  not for what it was and what it symbolizes, but for what it can be. And as Mies van der Rohe put it so eloquently: “God is in the details”.

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