WHAT THE LIGHT FALLS ON
Series of Inkjet prints and paintings
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; images of '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, she called Israel.
For others, they are images of landscapes that she, at the moment the light hit the negative, had no rights to.