KEPT ALIVE PORTRAITS 

2009-10 | MOUNTAIN OF REST CEMETERY | JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
PHOTOS | EDITION OF 3+ 2AP

Kept Alive Portraits  {a literal translation from Hebrew שמור בחיים}

refers to the text engraved upon headstones to reserve pre-purchased burial spots. The custom arose from bureaucratic necessity, but grew to function as a popular charm to ensure a healthy and long life for the purchaser. Kept Alive Portraits is an on going archival project, which documents these numerous markers, prepared and placed individually on the reserved plots. These markers are evidence of ownership, and function as actual portraits of individuals who are alive, but already posses a territory in the land of the dead.

 
 
winner of the 2010 Gottesdiener Prize for Israeli art
Publisher: Tel Aviv Museum of Art. March 2011

Soft Cover: 170 pages
Language: English & Hebrew
ISBN : 978-965-91706-0-9
Dimensions:  27 x19 cm
Shipping Weight: 1 KG

Design by: Nadav Shalev

Texts:

the constant, monotonous physical labor that goes into caring for the dead. On one hand this speaks to the importance of tradition and memory in Israeli society. On the other, it reminds us that the houses of the dead are not so different from those of the living – built, cleaned and maintained by an otherwise invisible underclass.

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