Creating “Orange Map” by Avner Bar Hama


L(a)titudes - Orange Israel

“L (A) T T I T U D E S”–an exploration of maps of Israel and Palestine created by ten contemporary artists, opened last week in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery. You can view elements of the entire show at their virtual gallery.

Unquestionably the boldest piece of work on display, both for its physical presence and unambiguous ideological declaration, is Avner Bar Hama’s “Orange Map: Today Gush Katif–Tomorrow Jaffa.” And while the works on display are in several different media including photography, fresco on wood; paint, ink and goache on paper and collages using all sorts of maps; undoubtedly the most unusual medium is Bar Hama’s use of artificial oranges and “Jaffa” stickers to create a 25-foot map of Israel on the floor of the gallery. For the uninitiated, orange was the color embraced by Israeli settlers opposed to the 2005 unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army’s dismantlement of the settlements (among them were some 17 that comprised a bloc known as Gush Katif). Once you know that, and that in addition to being a variety of orange, Jaffa is also a city located directly next to Tel Aviv, the title sort of says it all.
Rather than delve more deeply into the political culture behind the work (or for that matter, the politics behind works in the exhibit that come from a markedly different perspective), we thought it would be interesting to post a brief photo essay of how 1300 artificial oranges become a map of Israel.

L(a)titudes - Oranges in Boxes

The oranges arrived in two large cardboard boxes and each item of fake citrus was individually labeled with a “Jaffa” sticker. (More after the jump)

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A grid was created on the floor of the gallery.
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The artist transposed his sketch onto the floor in a chalk outline.
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Paper was laid down over the outline to serve as a backing.
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The oranges were each placed and secured with an adhesive.
Orange Israel with Avner Bar Hama and Wendy Fergusson
Artist Avner Bar Hama and Wendy Fergusson, director of the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery stand in front of the completed map at the opening.

Click here to view the virtual gallery or to download a PDF with artist bios and descriptions of the works in L (A) T T I T U D E S. The exhibit runs through June 2, 2008 at the Washington DCJCC.

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  1. […] Handala? Or were we more balanced because we also included artists like Avner Bar-Hama’s Orange Israel:Today Gush Katif-Tomorrow Jaffa, which created a map of Israel in the color of protest used by settlers who were removed from the […]

  2. […] part of the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery’s exhibit L(a)ttitudes, Avner Bar Hama created a map of Israel entirely out of these oranges. Now that the exhibit is over, they need a good […]

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