Zochrot Gallery, 34 Yitzhak Sade St. Tel Aviv, October 2 - December 13, 2012.
Curator: Eyal Sivan scientific curator: Prof. Ilan Pappé; assistant curator/producer: Debby Farber.
The media Exhibition “Towards a Common Archive – Video Testimonies of Zionist Fighters in 1948” offers a glimpse into a much broader project for creating an archive cross-referencing testimonies by Palestinian refugees, on the one hand, and soldiers and commanders involved in 1947-49 in expelling and uprooting 700,000 Palestinian refugees in order to establish a Jewish State. This common archive of Nakba victims and perpetrators enables us to complete the historic picture of 1948. Moreover, it reveals the human dynamics operating behind it, in a way no formal documents or even victim testimonies could ever do.
The exhibition includes more than 30 testimonies of Jewish fighters filmed especially for this project, clips from documentaries by Israeli filmmakers with fighters' testimonies, Nakba representations from feature films which constitute testimonies in their own right, testimonies by second- and third-generation descendants of fighters, and a demo screening of the online Common Archive – Palestine 1948 project, which enables users to view Palestinian and Zionist testimonies side by side.
The media exhibition “Towards a Common Archive – Video Testimonies of Zionist Fighters in 1948” is a collaboration between the NGO Zochrot and the ongoing research project “A Common Archive, 1948 Palestine” led by Filmmaker Eyal Sivan (School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London) and Historian Professor Ilan Pappe (European Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter), supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The Common Archive project is based on newly conducted interviews of Zionist fighters by Eyal Sivan and Erez Miler (2012) and a preliminary collection of video interviews of Zionist fighters conducted by Ronit Chacham and Eyal Sivan in 2005-2006 as well as on the Common Archive Paradigm for conflict resolution (CAP) developed by Dan Dolberger and Eyal Sivan in 2007 at the Matrix East research Lab (MERL) - University of East London.