The question is only what the light falls on

DAYA CAHEN

THE QUESTION IS ONLY WHAT THE LIGHT FALLS ON

2016 (ongoing)

Series of Inkjet prints

an investigation into photography, painting, propaganda film stills and computer games

 

 

When my aunt, Eva Lescovac, died in New York, I was allowed to choose some of her photographs. A series about the Middle-East drew my attention, and for some years a bag with these photographs has been sitting on my desk.

A landscape, a desert, a sea, a horizon; 'Israel'.

 

But when I looked at the back of these photographs, I could see they were taken in a year that the State of Israel did not yet exist, and the country was still called Palestine.

 

For my aunt, who -after fleading Germany in 1939- had once become stateless and adrift,these were images of a seemingly safe place.

 

 

 

 

For others, they are images of landscapes that she, at the moment the light hit the negative, had no rights to.

 

It makes me think of what the photographer Helmar Lerski said:

"The question is only what the light falls on".