Hic Non Est From scenes and scenery of the Holy Land A Film installation at Comuni Ty Arts Center. 24 – 26 October 2014 .

The film installation proposed to curator Jenny Milarski  for Community Arts Centre involves breaking the original film down into fragments, visitors explored an immerse film experience structured in the form of visual diary; the structure of missionary and pilgrim books is applied to create the sense of going through the old book. In addition, Moving Image artist James Johnson who travelled to Palestine with Nazare has been invited to screen his work Impenetrable Thicket made especially for this occasion.



Hic Non Est

Hic Non Est. From scenes and scenery of the Holy Land. Palestine 2013.Single screen
Duration: 29.12 min
Format: Super 8/HD/
Sound Design and original composition by Andrew Stuart-Buttle

Language has unmistakably made plain that memory is not an instrument for exploring the past,
but rather a medium. It is the medium of that which is experienced, just as the earth is the
medium in which ancient cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must
conduct himself like a man digging. Above all, he must not be afraid to return again and again to
the same matter; to scatter it as one scatters earth, to turn it over as one turns over soil. For the
”matter itself” is no more than the strata which yield their long-sought secrets only to the most
meticulous investigation. That is to say, they yield those images that, severed from all earlier
associations, reside as treasures in the sober rooms of our later insights––like torsos in a
collector’s gallery. It is undoubtedly useful to plan excavations methodically

Walter Benjamin: Excavation and Memory

Albert Kahn’s archive on Balfour’s declaration 1917 -1925


November 2, 1917 the declaration of Lord Arthur Balfour , the British foreign minister, says that Britain

“Favorably considering the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this goal. It must be clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”