The plot of Homefront takes place within the four walls of home: in bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms. Into these private spaces, we follow five Israeli artists, who work at the intersections of visual arts, video, and experimental film. The exhibition expands on the field of vision of 'new Israeli cinema' presented at the 17th T-Mobile New Horizons IFF.
Homefront explores the space of home -in both a literal and a metaphorical sense. The home as a site, where "domestic" art is created. The home as a stage on which the drama of everyday life plays out. The home as an environment in which seeds of perversion and madness grow. It has is a specific identity: it's an Israeli home. Left in the diaspora and built in the new country - home - constitutes an axis of Zionist discourse which has constructed the Israeli identity over the last four generations. Settling into a new home is an allegory for the Israeli state project.
Outside the Israeli home, the heat of the arguments is high and an individual is pressured to take a position is conflicts dividing society. Home is also a place of alienation, the sphere where individual obsessions and models of identity develop, offering alternatives to those imposed by the collective.
Homefront consists of five projects: projections, short films, and video installations. In these domestic settings sexual fantasies penetrate the hustle and bustle of everyday life, politics cast a shadow on family relations, and echoes of distant explosions mingle with the clinking of kitchen utensils and the clamor of television sets. The story-telling conventions range from post-slapstick comedy in the spirit of Buster Keaton, pastiche of amateur home video, to homemade opera. Together the works make up a screening, that lasts just under an hour and takes place not only in time, but also in the gallery space.
Artists: Roee Rosen, Ori Levin, Guy Ben Ner, Nadav Bin Nun, Yael Bedarshi, Jakub Szczęsny (The Keret House)
Curators: Ewa Szabłowska, Stach Szabłowski
Collaboration: Joanna Stembalska
Exhibition arrangement: Fabien Lédé
Studio BWA Gallery
ul. Ruska 46a/301 (courtyard, II level)
August 5-12, 2 PM- 10 PM
Opening: August 4, 7 PM
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