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Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Beyond Guilt
555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B6R5

April 8th, 2011 - June 5th, 2011
April 8th, 2011 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Beyond Guilt, Ruti Sela & Maayan AmirRuti Sela & Maayan Amir, Beyond Guilt,
2003 - 2005, Video still
© Courtesy of the artists & Contemporary Art Gallery
Tuesday to Sunday 12 - 6 pm

The video trilogy Beyond Guilt by Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir has shown to international acclaim most recently as part of the 2010 Berlin Biennial. It is the first time the trilogy will be exhibited in Vancouver and we are pleased to bring Sela and Amir to the Contemporary Art Gallery to participate in an accompanying panel discussion. Beyond Guilt was produced between 2003 and 2008 and has a currency that rests in its complex and mischievous, yet prosaic, portrayal of sex and politics. The trilogy begins in the bathrooms of night clubs in Jerusalem where the artists record themselves negotiating sexual encounters. They are the instigators behind the camera, but we also see them in front of it, at times agreeing to hand over the camera completely. Sela and Amir seem open to and comfortable with performing any of the propositions presented to them, frequently upping the ante. They are provocative and titillating, but there is often a turning point, where sexual evocations give way to other social and political topics. This is most evident in the second and third videos. For #2, through an online chat room, they invite men to a cheap hotel room where discussions of sexual preferences lead into experiences in the army and the Israel and Palestinian conflict. In the last work they invite a sex worker to a hotel room, hand her the camera, asking her to describe them, turning themselves into subjects.

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