Ilit Azoulay’s solo presentation in the Israel Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale is a proposal to rethink how we tell stories and how information is transmitted from one generation to another. The starting place for “Queendom” is a photo archive of Medieval metal vases from the Islamic world collected by art historian and archeologist David Storm Rice (1913-1962). Ilit conducted research in the archive, which is currently housed at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem. Using photos from the archive as source material, Ilit disassembles the images, and digitally ‘solders’ and ‘inlays’ them to create new large scale panoramic photomontages. The physical works are accompanied by an immersive soundscape.