Nir Evron and Omer Krieger, Rehearsing the Spectacle of Spectres, 2014 (still). Dual screen HD video; 9:40 min. Courtesy the artist and Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
Copresented by Artis
Nir Evron (b. 1974, Tel Aviv) is known for his provocative meditations on the construction of political and social histories. He works across photography, video, and film, and examines specific artifacts such as derelict monuments, historic buildings, found photographs, and borrowed biographies. This special screening with Evron is presented through Museum as Hub and copresented by Artis.
At this event, Evron will screen his “Architectural Trilogy,” which reflects the artist’s deep interest and research on the architecture of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and will premiere Endurance (2014), the final work in this series. The trilogy also includes A Free Moment (2011), which was shot at Tell el-Ful in Jerusalem at the abandoned site of King Hussein’s palace, and Oriental Arch (2009), which was filmed at the Seven Arches Hotel, another former site of architectural grandeur from the ’60s in East Jerusalem. Endurance, the newest and final film in the series, is based on the prototypical apartment in Palestine’s largest building project, Rawabi—a residential gated community being built between Ramallah and Nablus. For this work, Evron translated the blueprints of the model apartment into abstractions of the interior. Evron will also show and discuss excerpts from another recent project Rehearsing the Spectacle of Spectres, which was made in collaboration with artist Omer Krieger. The work attempts to represent a new image of the kibbutz as an artistic and political performance act, and suggests the shaping of a fair society as a model for artistic practice.
After the screening, New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell will moderate a Q&A with the artist.
Evron’s work has been shown extensively in Israel and internationally. Recent shows include the 19th Biennial of Sydney (2014), the Israel Museum (2014), the ICP Triennial, New York (2013), International Film Festival, Rotterdam (2012), the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2011) and the 6th Berlin Biennial (2010). This summer, he will present Endurance at LAX Art, and his solo exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art will open in June 2015.
Based in New York, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv, Artis is an independent nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary visual art from Israel. Artis provides important resources, programs, and platforms for artists and art professionals to develop lasting partnerships and exchanges with the global art community and the general public. The organization’s activities include: Public Programs in New York, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv; the Artis Grant and Scholarship program; Research Trips to Israel; Professional Development Initiatives; and our online resource, artiscontemporary.org.