Open Skies

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Daniel Landau
Landau's work shows a homeless encampment near the Arlozoroff train station in Tel Aviv.
Between highways and skyscrapers, tent neighborhoods have "sprouted" on little grass plots, like neglected desert islands in the middle of an urban reality. The tents are built out of impermanent things, leftover building materials, lumber, sheets and bits of plastic - the remnants of a consumer society. This picture gradually begins to change and transform. Through the use of digital tools, the view behind the tents is replaced with a pastoral European landscape, a utopian scene in nature. This sharply contrasts the urban landscape that previously surrounded the encampment. The tents become part of a “pretty picture postcard”, which fails to hide the price of economic disparity, the gap between the haves and have-nots.
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