No Thing Dies2017
Between 2014 and 2017, Ilit Azoulay gained exclusive access to the Israel Museum’s archives and storerooms, culminating in a unique archive comprising 753 images and their stories, or fragments thereof. Sourced from the collections of the museum, No Thing Dies is a compilation of twenty photomontages in the form of vitrines through which Azoulay unearths the history and legacy of countless artefacts that were neither publicly displayed nor given proper attention, due to their origin, role, or relevance under dominating cultural and historical narratives.
Azoulay traces the journeys of the artefacts represented in each work, their original purpose, and the challenges of economic and political nature pertaining to their preservation and display, alongside the instrumental role of a museum in the formation of a cultural landscape.
The project confronts existing international modes of accountability, visibility, and presentation of history, raising awareness as to how and by whom they are navigated.
ed. by Maurin Dietrich,
English, 264 pages, softcover,
23.5 x 33 cm,
No Thing Dies
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2017