Kent Klich

Black Friday



In one day, the first of August 2014, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) killed more than 130 men, women, and children, mostly civilians on the streets of Rafah, Gaza. Seven o´clock that morning, the sky turned quiet when a 72-hour truce started. The ceasefire did not last long.


According to the IDF blog: 010814 “We suspect that Hamas kidnapped 2nd. Lt. Hadar Goldin, an IDF officer, during the exchange of fire and dragged him into a tunnel. The IDF is currently conducting extensive searches in order to locate the missing soldier. During the event, 2 IDF soldiers were killed by Hamas fire.


After the abduction, the Israel Defense Forces executed in full its “Hannibal procedure“, a protocol that calls for the massive use of force in an effort to rescue a captured soldier, even at risk to his life. During the entire day, the people living in Rafah were attacked with more than 2.000 bombs, missiles, and shells. Thus, in this incident, many civilians were killed because of the heavy fire the IDF laid to thwart the abduction. Under the “Hannibal procedure”, there was no time to warn them.


The 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, also know as Operation Protective Edge, was a military offensive during 50 days launched by Israel in the Gaza Strip on 8th July that killed more than 2.000 inhabitants of Gaza, including 1.500 civilians, and caused massive civilian displacement and destruction of property and vital services. Israel maintained its air, sea, and land blockade of Gaza, imposing collective punishment on its approximately 1.8 million inhabitants and stoking the humanitarian crisis.

This was the third military offensive since Operation Cast Lead (2008-2009) and Operation Pillar of Defence (2012).


Black Friday is a joint project with Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture.


Kent Klich’s project is part of the group exhibition Dalla via Emilia al mondo,  curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.

Dalla via Emilia al mondo

The theme of Fotografia Europea 2016 opens to the world in the venue of Palazzo da Mosto with the collective exhibition Dalla via Emilia al mondo (From the via Emilia to the World).

Room after room, the work ranges from high quality photojournalism to the most creative approach introducing topical themes, from a lyrical gaze to a more engaged position. The artists tackle the dramatic aspect of borders, those which are marked and those less visible but still evident. Here, the social, political, and human themes take precedence, recounted primarily by non-Italian artists: Ziad Antar, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Bettina Lockemann, Maanantai Collective, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber.


Kent Klich (Sweden, 1952) studied psychology at Göteborg University, Sweden, and photography at International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, USA.  Through a series of books, Gaza Photo Album 2009, Killing Time 2013 and Black Friday 2015, produced over more than a decade, he explores the conditions of those living in Gaza, a society under constant siege.

In the foreword to Killing Time, Judith Butler, philosopher, writes:

“If we come to understand what it means to live with the imminent, certain yet unpredictable destruction of someone´s daily life, then perhaps we have begun to understand the spatial and temporal modalities by which terror is administered in Gaza.”

Besides the books from Gaza he has produced six more books. The triology about Beth, prostitute and drug addict in Copenhagen, Denmark, The Book of Beth 1988, Picture Imperfect, 2007 and Where I Am Now, 2012. Out of Sight, 2008, together with homeless, also from Denmark and El Niño, Children of the Streets, Mexico City, 1999  and The Children of Ceausescu, 2001, about the dramatic epidemic of HIV among children in Romania in the late 1980s and 1990s.


7 May 11 am, Palazzo Da Mosto

ASK THE ARTIST: From the via Emilia to the World

with Ziad Antar, Maanantai Collective, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber.

The artists answer at questions by public.


7 May 6 pm, Teatro Cavallerizza 

Black Friday 

Kent Klich, Fathi K. Y. Al Gherbawi, Eyal Weizman talk with Diane Dufour


8 May 10.30 am, Teatro Cavallerizza

LECTURE: From the via Emilia to the World

Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli e Walter Guadagnini talks with the artists Ziad Antar, Maanantai Collective, Paola De Pietri, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Kent Klich, Michael Najjar, Paolo Pellegrin, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber


Palazzo da Mosto
via Mari, 7
42121 Reggio Emilia



inaugural days
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May 7 and 8 › 10am-11pm
from May 9 to July 10 Friday/Sunday
Friday › 6pm-11pm
Saturday › 10am-11pm
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