This and That: Complexities of Israeli Identity
This video art program features work by Israeli artists and artists living in Israel exploring the notions of identity, belonging, ethnicity and nationhood.
Curated by Olga Stefan.
March 20 and March 21, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm both days.
March 20 – Video Screenings of work by 6 artists
March 21 – Screening of 40 Days and artist talk with Dor Guez
March 20, 2013, 7-9pmNurit Sharett, H2, 2010, 26:56 min
The artist examines her relationship with three young Palestinian women and their families who live in the H2 district of Hebron. H2, an Israeli governed enclave with 600 Israeli soldiers, 600 Jewish residents and 30,000 Palestinians, is mostly a pedestrian city as driving a vehicle in H2 is permitted only to Jews and foreigners.
Guy Ben Ner, Spies, 2011, 10 min
Spies relates to the bible story of the ‘twelve spies’ who were dispatched by Moses to scout the land of Israel, contrary to God’s instruction, which resulted in their condemnation to 40 years in the wilderness. Ironically an iconic image from this story is now used as part of the logo of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Itamar Rose, Change the World, 2011, 6:07 min
„Change the World was filmed a short time before the burst of the multitude of protests in the summer of 2011 in Israel. The work explores the dynamics and politics of social protest. A stand for „world correction“ was built on a street in Tel Aviv where passers-by were invited to openly express their hearts’ burdens. The work focuses on Rachel, a woman on her 60s that overcomes her fear of expressing her opinion in front of the camera. Going through a process of self-discovery, she openly speaks of the problems facing Israeli society, encouraging the rest of the public to speak up about their own problems and wishes. One by one, the speakers gather, speaking out loud and frankly about their own personal beliefs and wishes.“
Itamar Rose, Arafat Visits Sderot, 2011, 6:07 min
„I met Arafat Abu-Rath, a Palestinian that lives in Nablus city in the occupied territory. Together we travelled to Sderot, an Israeli town next to Gaza that for ten years are under the threat of missiles from Gaza. I am approaching the residents, who are used to be interviewed about their situation, and ask them to change sides, and to be interviewed as if they were Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. At first, all residents are opposed on the grounds that they are the victims and in their situation they have no possibility to feel empathy for the suffering of the enemy. I convinced some of them to try it anyway, as I confront them with Arafat Abu-Rath and offer them to hear Arafat’s life story under Israeli occupation, so they can use his story as background material to their interview. At the end of the film we see the final result. Kind of a news reportage about life under Israeli occupation, but instead of seeing Arabic-speaking Palestinians interviewed, they are Hebrew-speaking Israelis.“
Dana Levy, The Dreamers, 2004, 19 min
The Dreamers is a film where the artist filmed Israelis and Palestinians describing their dreams highlighting through our collective subconscious the essence of societies in a constant state of conflict. The artist focused on teenagers, children, prisoners and poets because believes they essentially need to dream.
Ruti Sela, Nothing Happened, 2006, 23 min
Sela’s video is a touching depiction of what is portrayed as an unexceptional night in Tel Aviv: casual kissing, intimacy and socialization with prostitutes. The resulting picture reveals the impact of the communications media, the emergence of behavioural stereotypes in front of the camera and the craving for exposure and publicity reminiscent of reality TV.
Roee Rosen, Hilarious, 2010, 21 min
Hilarious is set to examine the possibility of dysfunctional humor and laughter when there is no reason to laugh. Hilarious presents a stand up monologue of a female comedian performing live in front of a studio audience. If humor is a mechanism set to cope in particular ways with disturbing, sometimes forbidden topics, this performance not only offsets these structures through their failure, but also offers a different manifestation of these topics, left exposed without the guise of laughter.
March 21, 2013, 7-9pm
Screening of video followed by an artist talk with Dor Guez and Q&A
Dor Guez, 40 Days, 2012, 30 min
40 Days documents the impact of the 1948 war on Lod, a town between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and its Christian-Palestinian population. The work is the result of Guez’s ongoing research and maintance of the first Christian-Palestinian Archive, a growing collection of archival documents pertaining to the Palestinians who were dispersed from – and those who remained in – Israel after the 1948 War.
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