A House Without a Roof considers the fractures of the overlapping histories of violence and displacement connecting Europe, Israel, and Palestine. With photographs, archival imagery, and original texts, Golfer weaves together fictions of his family history with representations from Israel’s founding and ongoing military occupation. Ethnic and national identities are ruptured and reassembled as the project interrogates contradictory histories and notions of selfhood. The book explores strands which connect the Jewish Diaspora out of Europe and forced mass migrations from Palestine following WWII.
Golfer situates this inquiry by way of the triangular relationship between his grandfather– a survivor of Dachau, his father– who lived on a kibbutz in the early 1970s, and himself. A House Without a Roof questions the way that an individual perceives interconnected conflicts that are simultaneously personal and global in scale. Histories and time fold into one another as the mythologies and memories of Golfer’s family become entangled with the ongoing narratives of violence and trauma in Israel and Palestine.
Book Concept: Adam Golfer
Managing Editor: Janna Dyk
Graphic Design: Ghazaal Vojdani
Project Coordinator: Maya Taylor
Translations: Gabriela Vainsencher (Hebrew), Mostafa Ouajjani (Arabic)
Copy-Editing: Nicole Wilson