an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 23-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Nir Kafri. Location: Tel Aviv, Israel Copyright Wondereur 2018.

MEET with artist Eyal Segal curated by internationally acclaimed artist Sigalit Landau.

Segal 1
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IN ISRAEL, WE HAVE A WAR ALMOST EVERY TWO YEARS.
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So my friends from outside Israel often ask me how I feel about the situation. I just send them a video of pigeons.
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ANYTHING CAN TELL A STORY: A HUMAN BEING, A TREE, A CONTAINER...
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it opens the door to a new world.
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My grandmother used to sit with me and tell me her stories over and over again. I know a few of them by heart.
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I THINK THAT IF YOU ARE A GOOD LISTENER, YOU CAN TELL STORIES.
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She was born in Münster, Germany and grew up there until she was six-years-old. In 1933, Hitler was rising, and she and her family ran away. “Her stories were recorded 25 years ago by a Holocaust historian. At the end of one of their conversations, she sang some beautiful songs. It was a very powerful moment listening to my grandmother singing.
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AS SOON AS I HEARD HER VOICE, I COULD SMELL HER.
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THIS MEMORY IS MORE THAN JUST HERITAGE; IT'S MY BASIC SOUL.
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I TEND TO SEARCH MY HISTORY. MY NEXT TRIP IS INDIA.
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Trying to paint a memory that is not necessarily yours is hard. It is easier after I have an impression of a place. Then I go back to my studio and work from this sense of impression or feelings.
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I'm half-German, half-Indian. I grew up in Israel where there are a lot of people with mixed backgrounds. It was comfortable for me to grow up in that environment.
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I only started to feel the urge to visit India recently, after my mother came back from her first trip there with her brothers. She needed to go there before me, to deal with her family’s memories in India. Now that she has returned, the path is open for me to search there.
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MEMORIES DO NOT EXACTLY BELONG TO US - WE’RE A PART OF THEM. WE’RE JUST VISITING.
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I WANT TO HUNT THE MOMENTS THAT PASS US BY.
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And I don't want to be a passive listener. I want to filter the information as I listen to stories, and then it becomes something else.
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IT'S ABOUT TAKING ONE STEP BACKWARDS FROM MY STORY TO ACCESS COLLECTIVE MEMORIES.
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I'm not just documenting a story and then giving it away. I am making decisions or taking actions, to become a mediator in a way.
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I have video material that I put away for three or four months before looking at it again. If it’s good, I repeat the process and put it aside again for a few months. During this period, my mind just keeps working. I don’t like to rush it.
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MAKING A VIDEO IS LIKE SCULPTING TIME.