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Land. Milk. Honey

Land. Milk. Honey

Animal Stories in Imagined Landscapes

Edited by Rachel Gottesman
Edited by Tamar Novick
Edited by Iddo Ginat
Edited by Yonatan Cohen
Edited by Dan Hasson

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Publishing 1st Jul 2021
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    • The official publication of the Israeli Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2021 is a unique exploration of how ideology translated into colonialism, settlement, urbanisation, infrastructure, and mechanised agriculture, radically reshaped the environment of Palestine-Israel
    • Combines literary excerpts, historical documents, archival photos, and brief original texts to bring about the story of the territory’s remarkable transfiguration and redesign
    • Takes an unusual perspective by portraying these fundamental changes through the stories of five local animals
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    The biblical metaphor of a “Land of Milk and Honey” has denoted for millennia a prophecy and promise for plenitude. This book, published in conjunction with the Israeli Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, examines the reciprocal relations between humans, animals, and the environment within the context of modern Palestine-Israel, and demonstrates how this promise has become an action-plan over the course of the twentieth century.

    Through this lens, Land. Milk. Honey investigates how colonialism, settlement, urbanisation, infrastructure, and mechanised agriculture radically reshaped the environment of the contested territory of Palestine-Israel, and altered human-animal relationships. It shows how the celebrated metamorphosis of the region into a prosperous agricultural landscape was entangled with irreparable damage to the local fauna and flora, as well as the disruption of human communities and ways of living. And it highlights the predicaments that both the environment and its inhabitants are facing after the territory has over a century been the test bed of modernist aspirations for plenitude.

    The fundamental changes the region has gone through are portrayed through the stories of five local animals: cow, goat, honey-bee, water-buffalo, and bat. These case-studies and a zoo-centric analysis construct a spatial history of a place in five acts: Mechanization Territory, Cohabitation, Extinction and the Post-Human. A rich collection of literary excerpts, historical documents, archival photos, as well as short original vignettes brings about the story of this remarkable transfiguration and redesign.

    About the Author

    Rachel Gottesman is a historian and writer, and a lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.

    Tamar Novick is a senior research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she leads a working group on animals and knowledge.

    Iddo Ginat is an architect and curator, and a lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.

    Dan Hasson is an architect, exhibition designer, and lecturer at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

    Yonatan Cohen is an architect and urbanist and heading Architecture and Design at Mosaic, an Arizona-based construction-technology enterprise.

    Specifications
    Publisher
    Park Books
    ISBN
    9783038602477
    Publish date
    1st Jul 2021
    Binding
    Paperback / softback
    Territory
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    Size
    160 mm x 120 mm
    Pages
    384 Pages
    Illustrations
    50 color, 130 b&w
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