Wonderland

photographs by Nino Shaya Weiss

THIS is a land where milk and honey are said to be flowing since the beginning of time. These are miracles for the religious—supernatural or unexplainable phenomena— and wonders for those who understand the world as still adhering to natural rules. Wonderland’s inhabitants are wonderful people, in a land taken from a book, a country which for some time had no exact location, where all things illogical exist and even madness is encouraged. Here are some pieces from a puzzle that constitute a home:

 

Metall worker’s shop in Tel Aviv

 

Shutters with pigeons
Shutters with pigeons

 

Child with iron window grill
Child with iron window grill

 

Window grill with exhaustion pipes

 

Tsibi Geva's project for the Israeli Pavilion at the 56th Bienale di Venezia
Tsibi Geva’s project for the Israeli Pavilion at the 56th Bienale di Venezia

 

Tsibi Geva's project for the Israeli Pavilion at the 56th Bienale di Venezia
Tsibi Geva’s project for the Israeli Pavilion at the 56th Bienale di Venezia “Wonderland”

 

Shutters of a balcony in an Tel Aviv suburb
Shutters of a balcony in a Tel Aviv suburb

 

Shutters of a balcony in an Tel Aviv suburb
Shutters of a balcony in a Tel Aviv suburb (closed)

 

Dolphinarium discotheque massacre vicinity
Dolphinarium discotheque massacre vicinity

 

Bomb shelter with red bicycle in a Tel Aviv suburb
Bomb shelter with red bicycle in a Tel Aviv suburb

 

Russian photographer facing the Western Wall (Wailing Wall)
Russian photographer facing the Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

 

Newspaper clipping (2009)
Newspaper clipping (2009)

 

Rachel's Tomb security wall
Wall at Rachel’s Tomb in Hebron

 

My shadow on the Tel Aviv promenade
My shadow on the Tel Aviv promenade

 

Cooling view in Jerusalem
Cooling view in Jerusalem

 

Puzzled cooling in Jerusalem
Puzzled cooling in Jerusalem

 

Workers at Moshe's
Workers at Moshe’s

 

construction site in a Tel Aviv suburb
Construction site in a Tel Aviv suburb

 

Goldfish in Tel Aviv
Goldfish in Tel Aviv

 

Goldfish in Tel Aviv (2)
Goldfish in Tel Aviv (2)

 

Goldfish in Tel Aviv (3)
Goldfish in Tel Aviv (3)

 

Goldfish in Tel Aviv (4)
Goldfish in Tel Aviv (4)

 

Bnei Brak street view
Bnei Brak street view

 

Bnei Brak street view (2)
Bnei Brak street view (2)

 

Huppah on a roof in Ramat Gan
Chuppah (canopy) on a roof in Ramat Gan

 

The bride arrives for the huppah on a roof in Ramat Gan
The bride arrives for the chuppah (canopy) on a roof in Ramat Gan

 

The Rachmastrivka Rebbe giving a bracha (blessing) to the father of the bridegroom
The Rachmastrivka Rebbe giving a bracha (blessing) to the father of the bridegroom

 

Lightning the candles for Shabbos (the Sabbath)
Lightning the candles for Shabbos (the Sabbath)

 

Outdoor air conditioning system for the Vizhnitz sukkah (temporary hut) in Bnei Brak
Outdoor air conditioning system for the Vizhnitz sukkah (temporary hut) in Bnei Brak

 

Outdoor air conditioning system for the Vizhnitz sukkah (temporary hut) in Bnei Brak (detail)
Outdoor air conditioning system for the Vizhnitz sukkah (temporary hut) in Bnei Brak (detail)

 

Outdoor air conditioning system for the Vizhnitz sukkah (temporary hut) in Bnei Brak (detail 2)
Outdoor air conditioning system for the Vizhnitz sukkah (temporary hut) in Bnei Brak (detail 2)

 

Legs with mattresses and pole
Legs with mattresses and pole

 

Greens growing on utility poles and lines
Greens growing on utility poles and lines

 

Greens growing on utility poles and lines (2)
Greens growing on utility poles and lines (2)

 

Greens growing on utility poles and lines (3)
Greens growing on utility poles and lines (3)

 

Home with tree and bicycle
Home with tree and bicycle

 

Katz's pastry shop on Rabbi Akiva street in Bnei Brak
Katz’s pastry shop on Rabbi Akiva street in Bnei Brak

 

Oranges in Tel Aviv
Oranges in Tel Aviv

 

Utility lines along the Highway
Utility lines along the Highway

 

Masada with Flog of Israel and-Yam-HaMelach (Dead Sea)
Masada with flag of Israel and Yam HaMelach (Dead Sea)

 

Netanya's northern outskirts with the kosher beach
Netanya’s northern outskirts with the kosher beach

 

Diamond exchange district in Ramat Gan
Diamond exchange district in Ramat Gan

 

Building annexe made out of shutters
Building annexe made out of shutters

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