August 10-29 2017. I show some of my dioramas for the first time, with the support of the Berlin Basque Center, at On Egin, a Basque restaurant in the multicultural neighborhood of Neukölln, Wildenbruchstrasse 88.
The exhibition, titled 'Land, Sheep and People', examines the transformations of pastoralism in the Basque Country and Palestine. In these two very different contexts, small-scale sheep-herding has undergone great changes over the course of the last decades, at the same time as remaining a fundamental element of collective identity. The dioramas are made with recycled cardboard, coming for example from used cereal boxes that I gathered in Jerusalem. Painted in watercolor, the scenes in them evoke the contrast between the bucolic and idealized appearance of this traditional way of life and the reality of life today with all its challenges - political, economic, social and environmental.