Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012, Part 2

A still from DeadSee, 2005, by Sigalit Landau

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 is a two-night video exhibition that traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel and highlights work by artists who take an incisive, critical perspective toward the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Staring Back at the Sun showcases 35 works by 38 artists, including early performances, films and videos never before presented outside of Israel. Divided into four historic and thematic sections, Staring Back at the Sun focuses on the activist impulse in video art-making in Israel over the last four decades.

The first night will feature the sections: 1970–80: Early Experiments in Time-Based Art and 1980–97: An Art Form Coming Into Its Own, both curated by Ilana Tenenbaum. The second night features 1997–2005: The Rise of the Medium, curated by Sergio Edelsztein, and 2005–12: State of Amnesia: Recent Video from Israel, curated by Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman. Informed by the international history of video art, the program traces the development of the medium in Israel and explores how artists have employed technology and material to examine the sociopolitical status quo.

The work by the following artists will be shown over the two nights: Boaz Arad, Yossi Atia & Itamar Rose, Yael Bartana, Irit Batsry, Guy Ben Ner, Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufr Birim, Michael Druks, Benni Efrat, Avraham Eilat, Nir Evron, Yair Garbuz, Gideon Gechtman, Moshe Gershuni, Tamar Getter, Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Raffi Lavie, Motti Mizrachi, Avi Mograbi, Michal Naaman, Joshua Neustein, Miri Nishri, Dov Or-Ner, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Roee Rosen, Buky Schwartz, Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir, Henry Shelesnyak, Ran Slavin, Doron Solomons, Micha Ullman, Rona Yefman, Dan Zakhem, Nana & Boaz Zonshine.

This event is part of the exhibition This Place as well as the Tang’s series Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video, and is free and open to the public. Staring Back at the Sun is produced and circulated by Artis.

Part 1 of Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 screens Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 PM.

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