Maayan Zamir

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In the 1950s, David Ben Gurion announced a monetary prize that will be given to any woman who will give birth to more than ten children, in the aim of encouraging the growth of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel. Newspapers of the time published photographs of Ben Gurion presenting a prize to a woman of Moroccan descent from the Negev, who gave birth to 17 children.

Long before the discussions surrounding the introduction of non-conventional weapons to the area, the Jewish womb was conceived as the utmost biological weapon.  The Tsabar was born as the great hope for saving the Jewish people, yet in effect created a reverse Oedipus complex, in which the son is the ideal figure instead of the father. Mizrahi (Eastern Jews) women took an important part in the population growth, due to their high birth rate in comparison with women from Eastern Europe, yet this led to the social fear concerning the quality of birth and human element that the Mizrahi womb produced.

In this work I address the fraught subject of home. This is an attempt to create an image of a secularized ritual and present history as folklore.