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Untitled (St. George Church)

The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Lod was built in Ottoman times on the site of an earlier basilica housing the tombof its martyred namesake. For centuries the church has served as the heart of the Christian community of this ancient city, formerly known by its Byzantine name, Georgiopolis, and its Arabic name, al-Lydd. Untitled (St. George Church) is a two-channel video installa- tion comprised of a large video screen suspended in midair, showing the church’s iconostasis (an icon-covered wall that separates nave from altar), and a second small-screen video showing a priest giving a sermon in Greek, a language that is not understood by the parish- ioners, while an interpreter translates his words into Arabic. Guez punctuates each act of translation by adding the sounds of an oud, a string instrument associated with traditional Arab music not played in church, making audible the cultural gap between the church leaders and the congregation.

Two-channel video installation, Loop, 2009.