LATITUDE: 31°18'2"N / LONGITUDE: 34°36'52"E, October 4, 2011. Ofakim (lit., “horizons”) city expansion grid, showing major roadways and plot delineation. Ofakim was founded as a development town for Jewish immigrants from North Africa and India on April 19, 1955; in later years the town received a large influx of Russian–Jewish immigrants and grew into a city. The dark circular stains on the right, around two trees that have been left, indicate the former presence of sire (livestock pens), recently evacuated. The upper portion of the image shows Israeli mechanized plowing patterns, extending into an area currently claimed by the Bedouins. Ofakim is built upon the former village of al-Saniʽ/al-Najamāt, of the Tarabīn tribe, which was evacuated in 1948., from the series Desert Bloom Artist: Fazal Sheikh (American, born 1965)


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image: 39.5 × 59.5 cm (15 9/16 × 23 7/16 in.)
sheet: 51 × 71 cm (20 1/16 × 27 15/16 in.)
framed: 54.5 × 74.5 cm (21 7/16 × 29 5/16 in.)

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Purchased with a gift from Jane P. Watkins, M.P.H. 1979

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20th century


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Purchased from the artist, Zürich, Switzerland, 2011- 2020; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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