This and That: Complexities of Israeli Identity

Dor Guez

Dor Guez, 40 Days, 2012

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-Palestinian and Jewish-Tunisian.

Curated by Olga Stefan. Read the text here. Download the brochure here. Photos from screenings here.

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.

Artists’ Biographies

Dor Guez was born in 1980 in Jerusalem. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose installations combine diverse modes of video and photographic practices. Guez is a lecturer in the History and Theory Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and a researcher of archives affiliated with Tel Aviv University. In 2009 he established the first archive devoted to the Christian-Palestinian minority of the Middle East. Guez’s solo exhibitions include Georgiopolis at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art; The Monayer Family at the Jewish Museum, New York; Al-Lydd at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Nation’s Groves at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Carlier Gebauer Gallery, Berlin; Against The Grain at Beursschouwburg Art Center, Brussels; SABIR at Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, 100 Steps to the Mediterranean at The Rose Art Museum, Boston, and 40 DAYS at Artpace, TX.

Dana Levy was born in Tel Aviv in 1973. In 1998 she received a Post Graduate Diploma in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art – Dundee, Scotland. She has also received a BA of Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Art, London, and studied in the Foundation Art & Design program at Camberwell College of Art London. Her work has been shown in Israel and internationally.

Nurit Sharett was born in 1963, Israel, and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. She is a video artist who studied photography and film studies at Camera Obscura–School of Art (Tel-Aviv), at the Gruppe für Autodidaktische Fotografie Zürich, and in Beit Berli–College for Art (Israel). After an 11-year period in Switzerland, Nurit returned back to Israel. Her work examines in a very poetic and personal way the complexity of life in Israel and issues of identity politics. She has exhibited internationally, and has received awards from the Alter-Native 12 International Short Film Festival, Targu-Mures, Romania, EuromedCafe, “another look” Short Film Contest, Rome, Italy, and from The Ministry of Culture in 2009.

Itamar Rose was born in 1979 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was a student at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem and started working during the settlers’ struggle to prevent the disengagement. He went to the Gaza settlements where he satirically documented the battle. His films combine documentary and satirical materials. Recently his work has been seen at the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Kunstverein, Hamburg.

Ruti Sela is an artist who graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and from the Film Department of the Tel Aviv University . She teaches at the Haifa University, Avni Institute of Art and Design and at Ha’ Midrasha School of Art. Throughout 2011, she has been a guest resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She has received a number of prizes and scholarships, among them the Anselm Kiefer prize. Her work has been shown internationally at various exhibitions and venues, including the Biennale of Sidney (2006) Istanbul Biennial (2009), Berlin Biennial (2010); Manifesta 8 (2010), Israel Museum, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art in General, New York; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, Tel-Aviv Museum, Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume. In 2009 she initiated together with Maayan Amir “The Exterritory Project” for which they won a young artists’ award from The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Roee Rosen is an Israeli-American artist, filmmaker and writer. Rosen’s work explores identity and the notions of evil, specifically addressing the Jewish people’s collective memory and the power of creativity in extreme situations of life and death. Through video, painting and narrative, Rosen’s humor can be thought of as at once self-deprecating and incendiary. He heads the advanced visual arts program at Ha’ Midrasha School of Art. Out (Tse) won the Orizzonti award for best medium-length film at the Venice Film Festival.

Guy Ben-Ner was born in 1969 in Ramat Gan, Israel and is an Israeli video artist. He lives and works in Tel Aviv, Berlin and New York.In 2005 he represented Israel at the Venice Biennale. He also had solo exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2006); Center for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2006); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (2007); L’Espace Shawinigan of the National Gallery of Canada (2008); and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2009).

With the support of:

Embassy of Israel

Swiss Federation

Press and notices:

Press for the Bregenz event on June 13–/de/News/28759076

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