Holy Land

Holy Land

​​In his work - Terra Sancta - Reich draws with his camera stories from the Holy Land, myths and rituals in front of concrete walls in occupied territories, tales of the Bible and the great religions, in landscapes thirsty for a new redemption. Reich’s figures represent the vicissitudes of Judea and Samaria: Hagar, the woman wandering since the Biblical expulsion, mother of Ishmael, the Palestinian who lost his land; the new Jew, the Zionist Messiah, wearing army uniform of the country which has imposed itself over the ancient landscape; the displaced Jew, waiting for the Messiah and the re-building of the Temple in the holy city of Jerusalem; the post-Zionist, rebellious, young Israeli, aspiring to merge with his place and reunite spiritually with the material, ancient soil. Reich’s landscapes thirst for water. They belong to the ancient Judean Desert, to abandoned villages, to sands and tents, to dry thorns bursting into the blue sky like black stars, to the Dead Sea, to the city of Jerusalem, to the sacred soil which bore the footsteps of the Christian Messiah, the Son of God, and from which the prophet of Islam ascended to heaven, and to the speechless, ascetic nature of the desert. (from catalogue)