Gidon Levin


Sweep the desert Infantry corps of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) will testify that one of the most bizarre punishment is called: "Sweep the desert"- in this punishment, soldiers need to move dust from one side of an empty area to the other side. This mission is pointless, but has meditative and performance qualities. which can be repeated in variety of variations and landscapes- subject to the operational circumstances and the improvising abilities of the commanders. "Sweep the desert" is a result of rules system similar to the IDF punishment system, but carries an emotional foundation to it. I choose an obscure and anonymous elements that indicate the anti-heroism. Their being in the landscape suggests causation and their previously use but were castrated. Resembles to the military act, the acts in the photographs creates a contrast to the macho-masculinity and based on industrious and lack of purpose. The sculptural aspect characterizes those acts strengthen that same similarity. "Sweep the desert" is a photographic series recording poetic actions that reveals the inner memory of abandoned objects and architecture that could be found at the edge of social consciousness. The choice to intervene in the natural hierarchy of the landscape through position and framing allows to extract the primary identity of those objects, which functions alongside with renewed meaning and history.

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