Gal Amiram

Ida’s Travel To The Holy Land

Ida’s Travel To The Holy Land is a photo installation situated in the Israeli nowadays Negev desert and is inspired by a travel journal by Ida Pfeiffer (1797 -1858), an Austrian women traveler who explored Palestine in the 19th century. The installation is a monument of Ida, a historically forgotten heroine, as an equestrian statue. The work subversively inserts a woman into an exclusively male territory - landscapes, history, and their conquest through photography. Through this intersection and intertextuality, Ida’s Travels To The Holy Land critically explores themes of anti-heroism, feminism, colonialism, and landscape photography.

Installation view, Photo Prints 700X300 cm / 275X118 Inch, Donkey 160X200X10.5 cm / 63X78X4 Inch
Floor: faux paneling made from dessert photos Inkjet prints
Donkey figure: Foam, fabric, spray paint
Ida: Inkjet print