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The Forest Man - The Exhibition (9.3.06)

 

 

Liliana Kadichevski | Ergin Cavusoglu | Yaakov Hefetz | Nasan Tur | Doron Furman


Forest Man

Strolling in the forest, he encountered a lzarge black mirror. He polished it, taking great pains to clean and scour it. But his reflection remained blurred and fuzzy.

Human civilization functions between two dichotomies: one, noble, is passionate and visceral; the other - cultural and moral.

Nietzsche's nihilistic approach advocated connecting man with his passionate, animal side. This approach denied morals and culture as a way of life, whether as Jew or Moslem.

In his 20's book "Mein Kampf" Hitler argued that whosoever is not strong enough to survive does not deserve to live. What is the force that motivates society, and history ? All-out war.

On the war path, civilization disintegrates, life is without hope. Man's disintegration into a heap of haphazard energies is a process contradicting the desire to cling to the stable and sense the change. The history of the 20th century took its toll of victims and left behind a dread of war and death.

Five artists relate in a uniquely personal way to the weaknesses of their culture. The Turkish artists document places and actions in the context of the aspects of ethno-physical identity in location and territory, attempting to reinforce their Moslem identity in Frankfurt and London, the European cities where they reside. It turns out that cultural heterogeneity, expressed in receiving the stranger into those countries, exists solely in a manipulative, decorative (exotic) manner, to serve political interests. The exploitation of the alien arises from post-colonial contexts of domination.

The Israeli artists relate to the boundaries of the human ego, in a metaphysical sense. They remove objects from their context by the very resort to symbols or concealment, regarding the Other, vulnerable and remote, who bears upon his back the historical burdens of his distinct and rejected identity. These artists draw their inspiration from the practice of Western psychology and pagan mysticism which also comprises virtual symbols.

The concept of Providence, on dialectical principles, comprises presence and absence. Absence implies the Divine countenance averted i.e. God withdraws from history. Why ? He watches, but does not intervene - to permit the very existence of history. His overt presence arises. Such a presence would have paralyzed man and scattered history.

The Holocaust, for example, is the collapse of history, of culture and religion. It broke the continuity of history. Those who perceive history as a progressive line, believe in the heritage of human morals and justice. When that breaks down, there is no more hope. The same holds for culture and religion.

Ergin Cavusoglu's video installation 'Dissonant Rhythms I' is set panoramically across two screens. One of the screens is filmed at the 'Fort van Ertbrand'', a military headquarters in the outskirts of Antwerp, near the Dutch border. Its construction was completed in 1912 before the outbreak of the First World War. The second screen shows bunkers (Tankval), parts of a tank trap, built during World War Two in the same area. The work examines the legacy of conflict and the haunting imprints it makes on our memories.

Nasan Tur relates to the socio-economic boundaries of a group with a very specific ethnic and cultural affiliation - Moslem - to which he adheres. He relates in ironic fashion to what is considered different. He tests the borders between the normal and abnormal, and proposes a positive way to what is considered socially non-functional. Nasan tests the boundaries of the social approach regarding unusually ironical action for an adult person in an urban environment. He roams public spaces in various cities worldwide: Paris, Tokyo, Istanbul, Frankfurt; or runs madly about his home like a caged beast.

Yaakov Hefetz relates to human helplessness, arising from an inability to hold onto time. "Eternally bitter is the taste of time passing, without any possibility of transferring it elsewhere." The work is a metaphor of the reality of an individual losing his identity, his sanity and his ability to cope.

Liliana Kadichevski relates to time as "the enchanted dance of the smoke changes shades in a continuous pattern; the fragile and ephemeral haze gets dispersed into thin air. A reminder that something did exist until it began turning into remembrance. A look at the search for a path, at the options of choice. A look at the birth of an illusion."

Doron Forman pinpoints weak spots or seizes at opportune moments on energy sources, peeping at the covert beyond, a wordless place where the flow and ripple preserve mighty vital energies, regarding Nature as a source of power, the meeting point of incessant flows.

 

Curator: Doron Forman


Liliana Kadichevski

www.lilianakadichevski.com

http://artistindex.co.il/main/artistPageEng.php?artID=83&method=works&let

lilikadi@yahoo.com

The enchanted dance of the smoke changes shades in a continuous pattern; the fragile and ephemeral haze gets dispersed into the thin air. A reminder that something did exist until it began turning into remembrance. A look at the search for a path, at the options of choice. A look at the birth of an illusion.

In between / A state of mind

       

Two channel video installation. 2:39 minutes loop. 2004


Ergin Cavusoglu

www.ergincavusoglu.co.uk

mail@ergincavusoglu.co.uk

Dissonant Rhythms I , 2004

The conceptual framework of the work examines the reality of war, its legacy, and the haunting imprints it makes on our memories.

   

Dissonant Rhythms, 2004
'Dissonant Rhythms I' - 02:40 min
'Dissonant Rhythms II' - 02:40 min
Total duration of the Video installation - 02:40 min
Installation format - continuous loop


Yaakov Hefetz

www.pyramidart.org

hefetz@bezeqint.net

Left behind are memories of love, disappointment and pain. Eternally bitter is the taste of passing time, without possibility of transferring it elsewhere. Accordingly, starting anew is a hope without any certainty, some words are dead, others kill, we have not departed from the conventional, such is the world.

The blind butterfly Hunter
digital video, 14.00min loop, 2005


Nasan Tur

www.nasantur.com

turnasan@hotmail.com

In the piece "somersaulting man", Nasan Tur's interest in socio-cultural inter-communities appears in a humorous way: conceived as a sort of continuous culture study, the work-in-progress video series that began in 2001 shows a man somersaulting through different cities:

               

   

somersaulting man-
Istanbul-Tokio-Frankfurt-Paris,
Installation 4 digital videos, each 5.5min loop, 2001-2004

'Run' - Digital video loop, 2004

 


Doron Forman

www.e-sites.co.il/israeliartists.html

Mediaart@netvision.net.il

           

'Hole'
Installation
9Digital videos, 4.00min loop, 2006

 

 

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