I decided to focus on Arab men and women at the age of 18, a crucial turning point in their lives, when they complete school, become legal adults and earn the right to vote. Yet unlike their Jewish peers, most do not join the military.
By photographing my so-called “enemy”, I hope to shed light on the impact that cultural and internal conflict have had on these young men and women, both individually and collectively. I photographed the teenagers within their normal surroundings as a way to situate a sense of place and to reveal the social context of their lives.
Eighteen is an artistic point of contact serving as an invitation to get closer; a project aimed at reconciliation through understanding and respect; an inside view by one who is typically regarded as an outsider. If I, a Jewish Israeli man, have been accepted and was allowed into my subjectsʼ personal lives – so can others.
The project “Eighteen” was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Other Israel Film Festival – www.otherisrael.org