The exhibition is a part of an ongoing work which examines the visual manifestation of concepts like nationality and ritual at Israeli cultural institutions.
The project was carried out at Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, between the years 2006 to 2017 and includes the Leaders of the Nation’s Plot, the national military cemetery, and the Yad-Vashem National Holocaust Institute. The images examine the methods in which national ideals are expressed through the architectural aesthetics of memorial institutions in Israel and emphasize on the visitor’s emotional experience in these places.
“Visions of Heaven and Hell” deals with the gaps between pleasurable aesthetics and the trauma-based national identity.
Through the use of still images, video, and manipulation practices, Altaratz creates a rich visual experience which intensifies the aesthetic character of the images along with the viewer’s emotional response while at the same time blurring his critical thinking.