Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012, is a video exhibition, program, and scholarly book that traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel and highlights works by artists who take an incisive, critical perspective towards the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Staring Back at the Sun showcases the work of thirty-eight artists including many early performances, films, and videos never before presented outside of Israel. Informed by the international history of video art, the project traces the development of films and video in Israel and explores how artists have employed technology and material to examine the socio-political status quo. Works were selected based on historical significance or context, with attention to equality in gender, ethnic background, and age of the artists represented. Staring Back at the Sun presents an ambitious historical and critical approach, spanning five decades. This 200-page volume is a collaborative project of the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College and Artis, an independent, nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary visual art from Israel.
Beverly Joel / pulp, ink. with Tirza Ben Porat
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