co-juror and co-curator for video and new media focus fresh paint art fair #11, tel aviv
The four works featured at Fresh Paint Art Fair #11 Video Exhibit focus on locations and sites, from familiar tourist attractions to unidentifiable places that convey a sense of non-place. Through these sites, the artists embark from a familiar place toward a personal, physical, or symbolic journey. Using memories and stories – whether their own or those of other people – they bring the viewer into their experience.
In his video Untitled, Ariel Bernstein decides to leave the city to clear his head. He goes on a road trip across Israel, which turns into a journey of his personal traumas. Every encounter with a character or a landscape on the road unfolds another layer of his internal investigation through associative memory.
Gal Leshem’s work These Stones was created during her stay at an artists’ residency in Sofia, Bulgaria, and explores how collective memory is constructed in the public space through the genealogy of monuments in the city from the Communist era to today.
In his video Giverny Gardens, Sasha Tamarin takes a day trip to the gardens where Claude Monet lived and work. The site is packed with tourists leading Tamarin to focus on filming the visitors and his interaction with them. The visit becomes a kind of anthropological study, exploring the prevalence of technology in today’s tourist experience.
Reouth Keren’s video Haunting, Never, Touching is comprised of footage taken from security cameras scattered throughout different locations, which are accessible online. She creates a collage from the low-quality images where each site is detached from its historical and geographic context. As the images move across the screen, Keren reads texts aloud questioning the way images migrate on the internet.
Curated by CCA, The Center for Contemporary Art, Nicola Trezzi, Danielle Gorodenzik, Bar Goren, Judith Lenglart. (June 2019)