The Annihilation of the Familiar

Familiarity is a construct that accumulates by time through the daily experience of visual memory of the place, and through the lived symbiosis with society and geography. These visual and lived memories shape the feeling of familiarity to objects, elements, faces, sounds, light and smell of the place. Gaza is witnessing a systematic annihilation of the ‘familiar’ through the Israeli military ruthless destruction of the city, whereby the visual memory of the place has been violated and violently deformed. This creates a shock to the unconsciousness where the brain tries relentlessly to apprehend the severe visual transformation by juxtaposing the familiar visual material with that of the urban destruction. The exhibition probes this relentlessness juxtaposition between the familiar visual memory of the place and the violent abruption caused by the current landscape of urban destruction.