“Targeted Killing”, the new project Miki Kratsman is working upon, examines the term “focused foiling” coined by the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). In the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the IDF uses this term against those it considers proven to have intentions of performing a specific act of violence in the very near future or to be linked indirectly with several acts of violence thus raising the likelihood that his or her assassination would disrupt similar activities in the future. The photographs in this series were shot using a special lens, which is commonly used by IDF UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The outcome is an illusory moment-an image of the seconds before a targeted killing. The photographs draw on the images disseminated by the IDF via the media to the Israeli public in the aftermath of events of this type. All the photographs in “Targeted Killing” were taken from Mount Scopus, located in northeast Jerusalem and overlooking the Palestinian villages surrounding it. Mount Scopus has been strategically important as a base from which to attack the city since antiquity, as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, parts of Mount Scopus became a UN protected Jewish property exclave within Jordanian-occupied territory until the Six-Day War in 1967. Today, Mount Scopus lies within the municipal boundaries of the city of Jerusalem. All the photographed characters in Kratsman’s “Targeted Killing” are innocent Palestinian civilians going about their daily lives. However, the way they are being photographed echoes that of “suspects” and so evokes and reinforces this image in the eyes of the viewer.
Our booth at Paris Photo art fair
We had the honor to host Brigitte Macron in chelouchegallery booth at Paris Photo fair