Detective Elchmanyahu’s auto-da-fe
‘When artefacts become evidence and artists are transfigured into fictional characters animated by their worshipping of the Western art, culture shrinks into the narrow border of the state nation.’
This is Tweetu's statement, the weird curator and main suspect of the plot.
Detective Elchmanyahu’s auto-da-fe follows the bound to fail investigation on the burning of a public art collection in southern Tel Aviv. Using tricks and trades of the detective novel’s whodunit genre, the story unfolds a police investigation which casts a gloomy yet lucid look over the Israeli culture and its visual art scene. Framed in between fact and fiction by the tendentious writing of Jonathan Touitou, this book is a layered investigation of the art world and its crimes.
Against the backdrop of the second Intifada and todays recurrent undermining of Palestinian rights, this controversial book will provide its various readers with a perspective of an infiltrated outsider on the Israeli society, possibly supply the welding torch for the cynical ones, a bonfire for the freaks and fireworks for the wholehearted.
- 110 x 178 mm / 4.33 x 7 inch portrait
- 224 (estimate)
- Orit Bulgaru and Jonathan Touitou
- Jonathan Touitou
- Quentin Gaudry, assisted by Aurelie Morra
- English and Hebrew
- Release date
- Ami Asher and Roi Bar
- Made possible by
- The Israel Lottery Council For Culture & Arts and Onomatopee. The Project BAAD was made possible by the generous support of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem as well as the cooperation of the Bezalel MFA in Tel Aviv.