Rotem Reshef | Ghost Libraries

Ghost Libraries

Archives of Forgotten Knowledge

In an era of “Alternative Facts”, “Fake News” and decline of consensus over science objectivity in favor of political spins, the series “Ghost Libraries” alludes to the collapse of intellectual hierarchies, and to the deterioration of accumulated knowledge through the years, that are at risk of disappearing. These "fossilized" paintings act as a site of remembrance, almost physically replacing the void left by the removed bookcase in the domestic sphere.

Drawing on the resemblance between the act of writing and the practice of art-making, and between books and artworks as arenas for contemplation and imagined voyages, these representations suggest the significant role of knowledge and creativity, and their potential to be a leaping point for the viewer/reader into the unknown.

 

All works are diluted acrylic on canvas unless otherwise stated.

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