This and That: Complexities of Israeli Identity
This video art program features work by Israeli artists exploring the notions of identity, belonging, ethnicity and nationhood. Dor Guez is an artist from Israel whose cultural heritage is both Christian-Palestinianand Jewish-Tunisian.
Where: OG9, Kunsthaus Aussersihl, Lagerstrasse 98, 8004 Zürich
When: March 20 and March 21, 2013
Time: 7:00-9:00pm both days.
Program March 20 – Video Screening of work by 6 artists: Nurit Sharett, Guy Ben-Ner, Itamar Rose, Dana Levy, Ruti Sela, and Roee Rosen.
Program March 21 – Screening of 40 Days and artist talk with Dor Guez
March 20, 2013
Nurit 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, 7:20 min
Spies relates to the bible story of the ‘twelve spies’ who were dispatched by Moses to scout the land of Israel and contrary to God’s instruction, ten of them brought back bad news of the land’s accessibility, which resulted in the condemnation of all the Israelites to 40 years in the wilderness and the death of the ten pessimist scouts. Only two of the scouts, those who had brought back good tidings, were allowed to reach the “Promised Land” after the wandering period. 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.” One character specifically, Rachel, is shown going through several stages of self-discovery.
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.”
Dana Levy, The Dreamers, 2004, 19 min
For The Dreamers the artist filmed Israelis and Palestinians describing their dreams, which highlights through the collective subconscious the essence of societies in a constant state of conflict. The artist focused on teenagers, children, prisoners and poets because she 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.
Dor Guez, 40 Days, still, 2012
March 21, 2013
Screening of video followed by an artist talk with Dor Guez and Q&A
Dor Guez, 40 Days, 2012, 15 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 images originate from Guez’s ongoing work maintaining 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.