Through installations that incorporate diverse media such as video, photographs, archives, and scanograms, Dor Guez focuses on issues of cultural identity and ethnicity surrounding his homeland. Drawing on personal experiences and the complex history of the Christian-Palestinian minority-an ethnic group within the larger Muslim minority-in the Middle East, his work provokes questions about the larger sociopolitical climate in the Middle East and the lives of marginalized groups in conflict areas. For exhibitions such as 100 Steps to the Mediterranean at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Boston (2012), The Nation’s Groves at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2011), and Al-Lydd at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2010), he integrated photographs of the ancient Arab city Al-Lydd (today’s Lod) and the surrounding landscape with video featuring three generations from the Christian-Palestinian community.
Guez is a lecturer in the History & Theory Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and a researcher of archives affiliated Tel Aviv University, where he received his PhD in photography. In 2009, he established an archive devoted to the Christian-Palestinian minority of the Middle East, which he incorporates into his installations. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide, among them shows at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art and the CCA in Tel Aviv. His work was presented at the 12th Istanbul Biennial; the 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil in Sao Paulo; the 3rd Moscow International Biennale; and more recently at Palais de Tokyo in Paris; the Bucharest Biennale; and the Benin Biennial. An overview of his work-his first major museum exhibition in the United States-is on view at the Rose Art Museum through December 9, 2012.