Adam Golfer

House Without a Roof

Adam Golfer

House Without a Roof



Edition Size



Offset print




12 × 14 × 2 in




Booklyn, Inc.

$ 50.00

7 in stock

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Chelsea College of Arts

Parsons, The New School

The British Library

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Offset printed photography book. Edition of 700. Published by Booklyn, 2016.
8.5 in W x 11.75 in H, 162 pages. Softcover, Smyth-sewn.

A House Without a Roof concerns the strands of history connecting the Jewish Diaspora out of Europe and forced mass migrations from Palestine following WWII with the creation of the State of Israel.  The book associated with the exhibition loosely traces the triangular relationship between Golfer’s grandfather – a survivor of Dachau, his father – who lived on a kibbutz in the early 1970s, and the artist – caught between the membrane of histories that turned the oppressed into oppressors and residents into refugees.  A House Without a Roof negotiates the splintered narratives of war and displacement between Europe, Israel/Palestine, and the United States.

A House Without a Roof was begun in 2011.  Its sense of “rooflessness”, of disjointed familiarity,  – architecturally, historically, and politically questioning one’s sense of being planted – hovers throughout Golfer’s book, use of imagery, and in the uncertainty of the space between the two characters in Router.  As in the reading of the book’s text, one memory is often redirected by the addition of another.  One’s ability to locate era, subject, or speaker (third and first person voices diverge and overlap) is complicated by a perpetual relocation of literary devices.

1000 Words Photography Magazine, Ten Best Photobooks of 2016

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation 1st Book Award Shortlist, A House Without a Roof
Snider Prize in Photography, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Mack 1st Book Award Shortlist, A House Without a Roof
Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation Grant