The extraordinary drawings of Stefan Davidovici, an architect in Milan. These drawings explore an imaginary Jerusalem as created by layers of longing and myth. Both detailed and minimal at the same time, they suggest the qualities of space most experienced in an ancient city, to be enveloped, disorientated and bewitched.
In his own words:
Like a supersonic aircraft leaving behind its own sound, the mental representation of a city can be so powerful that the actual city – though strengthen by its own reflection – is simply left behind.
Real Jerusalem is still there, I know it well, I used to live there, yes it is the same city sung and missed for millennia, fought for and claimed by Jews and Christians and Muslims alike, but it lives its actual life with its normal rhythms, with its buses and markets and living rooms and streets and trees. Interrupted sometimes by breathtaking views or by glimpses of ages-old history. Living its normal life, though under the shadow of a conflict so deep, so old, so multifaceted that it looks as natural as the strong light bouncing on the stone of the city.