Treasures of the Bible Lands, 2019- ongoing
Limited Edition pigment prints
Treasure #1, Pigment print, 18 x 14 inches, edition of 3 and 2AP
On a 2018 trip to Israel, in a used book store, Vainsencher found Treasures of the Bible Lands, a catalogue for a 1987 exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In a curious departure from the museum’s focus on modern and contemporary art, the exhibition showed artifacts found in and around what we now call Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza Strip. The catalogue featured striking photographic documentation of the artifacts of the myriad civilizations that lived in the Middle East in ancient times.
Since acquiring the catalogue, Vainsencher has been physically and conceptually mining it to produce her latest body of work: one-to-one photographs of the book’s pages, cut up and layered. By making holes in the photos, she physically edited out the objects, leaving only negative spaces and the shadows that they had cast on their lurid backgrounds. These ravaged pages became fuel for images that call to mind the holes in the ground after an archeological expedition has departed; the negative space left behind by something that has been taken away.
Treasure #3, Pigment print, 12 x 9 inches, edition of 3 and 2AP
Treasure #2, Pigment print, 12 x 9 inches, edition of 3 and 2AP
Treasure #4, Pigment print, 12 x 9 inches, edition of 3 and 2AP
Treasure 52, Pigment print, 14 x 9 inches, edition of 3 and 2AP