This first monograph devoted to Joseph Dadoune’s work from 1996 to 2021 takes a detailed look at the artist’s output, with essays by Drorit Gur Arie, Marie-Laure Bernadac, Donatien Grau, Doron von Beider and Lucia Sagradini. Joseph Dadoune’s multifaceted and complex practice is revealed in ways that interweave performance, architecture, installation, video, photography, drawing, painting and sound. His work is shaped by multiple questions, ranging from intimate to political, from the individual’s body to the social body, and addressing issues of exile, gender and identity. Two key elements are at play: the utopian dimension of art and its relationship to a territory (the Ofakim desert) that evokes the tensions between East and West, central power and periphery, as well as colonial issues. With his paintings, he attempts to answer the questions that run through his mind: what is there beyond the image? Behind the image? Behind the black box? It’s a return to the essence of painting (a surface and a frame), to the anonymity of a Peter Schwarze who reveals himself behind the tutelary figure of Blinky Palermo.