Artwork Details

  • Artist Emily Jacir
  • Title Lydda Airport
  • Date 2007-2009
  • Medium Single-channel animation
  • Duration 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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Lydda Airport is an installation with short film that takes place at the eponymous location sometime in the mid to late 1930s and a sculpture.. Built in 1936 by the British, Lydda Airport was an important stop along the ‘Empire Route’ for their national airline, Imperial Airways. Until 1939 it was the world’s largest aerodrome. Central to the film’s narrative is Hannibal, one of the eight planes that made up the Handley Page fleet, the largest passenger planes in the world at that time. In 1940, Hannibal mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the Gulf of Oman en route to Sharjah. The film was also inspired by Edmond Tamari, a transport company employee from Jaffa, who received a communication that he should take a bouquet of flowers to Lydda Airport and wait for the arrival of Amelia Earhart to welcome her to Palestine. She never arrived. On the 11th of July 1948 Lydda Airport was captured by the Israeli Defense Forces and renamed Lod International Airport. In 1974 the airport was renamed Ben Gurion International Airport.


Lydda Airport

Jacir, Emily

Emily Jacir’s work spans a diverse range of media and strategies including film, photography, social interventions, installation, performance, video, writing and sound.