Edited by Shelley Harten
NARRATIVES OF A NEW ORDER
This book accompanies Ilit Azoulay’s contribution to the Israeli Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. Through large-scale panoramic photomontages, collaborative sound installation, and architectural interventions, Azoulay transitions the Pavilion from Euro-centric modernity to Middle Eastern contemporaneity. Based on forgotten archival research materials on medieval inlaid vessels of Islamic art, the question of ownership over images and cultural appropriation takes center stage. The Queendom—a story of transformations— has risen out of an all-encompassing system crash resulting from a malfunction of existing power structures, flooding out of the digital realm and spilling a new order of data into reality.
The artist picks up on this upheaval in a 360° publication, which expands on the exhibition and has neither a definite beginning nor an end. Azoulay’s photomontages function as cartographies to the Queendom and focal points of the publication. The accumulative and polyphonic methodology of the book, with contributions by Naomi Alderman, Timo Feldhaus, Tehila Hakimi, Hanin Hannouch, Shelley Harten, Sheikha Hlewa, Adi Keissar, Lali Tsipi Michaeli, Vicki Shiran and Anat Zecharia, mirrors the Queendom’s capacity as a rhizomatic space of knowledge production, where stories and histories merge.