Days before Darkness - מוזיאון ארץ ישראל

Days before Darkness
Daniel Tchetchik

Photo: Daniel Tchetchik
Photo: Daniel Tchetchik
Inside the exhibition Days before Darkness. Photo: Daniel Hanoch
Inside the exhibition Days before Darkness. Photo: Daniel Hanoch
Photo: Daniel Tchetchik
Photo: Daniel Tchetchik
Inside the exhibition Days before Darkness. Photo: Daniel Hanoch
Inside the exhibition Days before Darkness. Photo: Daniel Hanoch
Inside the exhibition Days before Darkness. Photo: Daniel Hanoch
Inside the exhibition Days before Darkness. Photo: Daniel Hanoch
Photo: Daniel Tchetchik
Photo: Daniel Tchetchik

MUZA, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, is hosting Daniel Tchetchik’s Days before Darkness. Curated by Sofie Berzon MacKie, this exhibition was planned for the Gallery at Kibbutz Beeri, which was burnt down during the attack of October 7.

What moves in Tchetchik’s landscape, with the exception of soft snowflakes and ashes scattered in the wind?

In his photography-based installation, Tchetchik invites us to embark with him on a journey. A harsh world, in which survival is powered by love, serves as the backdrop for a deeply moving philosophical and moral journey, which speaks of the evil and good of which we are capable. Lightboxes shining from the walls reveal a scorched expanse, a barren terrain and the buzz of a lone streetlamp. In the same breath, Tchetchik offers us a tender memory and daydreams: a still seascape and ray of dying light, a bare tree spreading its branches, another ray of light gleaming in the presence of all that has been lost. Total destruction is countered by infinite compassion and tenderness. Within an expanse of dark water, the large, strong wings of a swan spread open, like arms reaching out in an embrace from within the darkness.