Israel

by @yaeleban

This series is called 'Tzabar'. The term tzabar is the Hebrew word for cactus. It is also slang for a person born in Israel, a native to the land. The cactus is an analogy for the Israeli personality: overtly tough, but sincere and kind under the surface. My own identity as both Israeli and American is similarly incongruous. I have spent my life oscillating back and forth between these two disparate cultural landscapes. I consider this body of work to be a negotiation of place, in which I experience the Israeli landscape as both insider and outsider, native and transplant.