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On Lior Gal’s Ritualistic Coiled Photography
            Ory Dessau

            Lior Gal’s work rearranges our prior knowledge about the relationship between land art
            and action-in-and-on the landscape. Predominantly, his work stems from traversals
            long walks in arid places, during which left or found imprints in the landscape are being
            photographed in black & white. Then, the photographic residue is being attached to an
            image of a nocturnal skyscape taken in a different location. Gal’s pastes the two
            photographic landscapes to create a hybridized appearance of welded times, places,
            perspectives and situations. The collage-like appearance conveys a duality of night and
            da, high and low, inner and outer, here and there. It turns imaginary landscapes into
            actual ones, and vice versa.

            The picture is further sophisticated when a thread is being coiled around the welded
            photographic appearance. During a slow monotonic activity, the thread screens the
            imagery, implements a visual impairment that goes against the immediacy of the
            mechanized photographic recording, while reverberating the original traversal with its
            challenging visibility and slowed temporality. The threaded screen veils the image, but
            at the same time, points to the crack therein. It undermines the totality of photographic
            imagery, making it a sequence of segments reminiscent of Gal’s conical photographic
            mobiles in which patches of two photographic prints pasted back to back are folded on
            mobiles in which patches of two photographic prints pasted back to back are folded on
            one another.

            Coiling the thread allows Gal to dislocate the travel experience into the domestic
            architectural space without losing its magnitude. It brings to mind the Hindu ritual of the
            Puja, in which a thread, piece of cloth, or a necklace is being wrapped around a human
            or natural body to signify the connection to nature or to worship the gods. Coiling the
            threads not only recalls existing religious rituals, it also amounts to a ritual of its own, a
            form of evocation, which exploits the evocative power already imbued in Gal’s initial
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