Five Exercises of Resistance


 

 

Five Exercises of Resistance

Participants: Ulla von Brandenburg | Yoshinori Niwa | Kara Walker | Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca | Marcos Ávila Forero

 

"Five Exercises of Resistance" is an annual project, a group exhibition composed of five chapters that will be presented sequentially in the course of the International Season at MUZA - Eretz Israel Musuem, Tel Aviv. Each chapter will feature one video work by an international artist.

These exhibited works present different possibilities of resistance - actions that are not only concerned with past injustices, but also with an imagined future, which may one day become a new reality. Some works make use of humor or irony, while others address cultural norms and disrupt them as a form of protest. Additional works revolve around a joint action, or operate through a politics of love.

The observation of the different cultures with which these artists are affiliated, and the different tools for resistance presented in the exhibition, enable us to raise social and political questions pertaining to our local reality, to think in a critical, unprejudiced manner, to free ourselves of the constraints of localism, and to offer new tools for resistance. In this manner, the exhibition points to burning questions at the heart of Israeli reality - borders and walls, gender-related concerns, economic questions, immigration, religion and racism.

Curator: Avi Lubin

 

 

 

Marcos Ávila Forero

Atrato, 2014

Video, 13:52

Marcos Ávila Forero’s video work unfolds along the Atrato River, one of the arteries of Columbia’s armed conflict. Among the results of the ongoing conflict is the destruction of the local population’s cultural legacy. Ávila Forero worked with a group of young percussionists from local families in order to renew a local musical tradition originating in the Congo in Africa, which includes drumming on the river with the musicians’ hands. Together, they attempted to reconstruct an action that produces musical rhythms heard from a great distance. By means of this joint action, the artist sought not only to allow the local inhabitants to re-appropriate a lost musical tradition, but also to provide it with a contemporary interpretation, using modern rhythms added by the participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Exercise 2

 

Yoshinori Niwa

Transporting puddle A to puddle B, 2004

Video, 10:53 minutes

 

In Transporting puddle A to puddle B, Japanese artist Yoshinori Niwa uses his mouth to transport a puddle of water from East Berlin to West Berlin, across the spot where the wall separating the two parts of the city once stood. By means of this action, he raises questions about borders and divides, and demonstrates how human beings and political regimes can transform a small geographical distance into a vast mental, social and cultural distance. In 2012, following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the artist repeated this action in another video work, in which he transported a puddle of water from Tokyo to the abandoned Fukushima, using his mouth and a plastic container.

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise 1

 

Ulla von Brandenburg, Sweet Feast, 2018

Video, 11:25 minutes

The German artist Ulla von Brandenburg reconstructs an event that took place in January 1973, after Britain acceded to the European Community: Whitechapel Gallery in London presented an exhibition of sweets and pastries from the nine countries that were already members in the EC. Prior to the exhibition closing, a group of British children was invited to a "Sweet Feast" served at the exhibition, and were served refreshments prepared especially for them. Yet rather than enjoying these refreshments, they turned to consume the sweets on display, wolfing down the sugary confections and ravaging the exhibition. In the video work Sweet Feast, the artist reconstructs this event, responding in part to Brexit and to the relations among the member states of the European Union.

Ulla von Brandenburg, Sweet Feast, 2018, Courtesy the artist and Art: Concept (Paris); Meyer Riegger (Berlin/Karlsruhe); Pilar Corrias Gallery (London); Produzentengalerie Hamburg