Ha Aretz: the promised land
Named after the Hebrew word for the Holy Land, Ha Aretz is a reinterpretation of the biblical stories amidst a globalised world of alienation and conflict.
Grounded in deep historiographic research and compiled with photos taken throughout all the countries that make up the Holy Land, this series documents the precise locations where the most celebrated events of the Holy scriptures supposedly took place—beginning with Genesis and Exodus through the life of Jesus up to the Revelation.
From the river Nile to the Sea of Galilee, Damascus to Bethlehem or Mount Sinai to Babylon, Ha Aretz reflects on the evolution of the ancestral regions that represent the epicentre of Jewish, Christian, and Arab religions and cultures, while attesting to the power that geopolitics, capitalism, and technology exert in our times.
Roger Grasas (b. 1970, Barcelona) has had several international solo and group exhibitions in Madrid, Paris, Jakarta, and Sydney.
Grasas addresses the role that technology and post-capitalism play within a globalised world and the nature of alienation, propelled within an increasingly sophisticated and indecipherable contemporary landscape replete with paradoxes.
The connections between history and territory and the dichotomy of nature and culture provide a common ground for his projects. Here, his academic background in photography and philosophy brings a fascinating perspective.
For his long-term landscape documentation project Ha Aretz, Grasas has received several awards, including Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña in 2018 and the Silver award at Verzasca Foto Festival in 2021.
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