Roee Rosen:The Dust Channel
documenta 14
Kassel, Germany
April 8–September 17, 2017


Links: Venue's Website

Presented in both Athens and Kassel, Roee Rosen’s The Dust Channel, 2016, is a film produced for Documenta 14 – Learning From Athens. The work can be described as a cultural exquisite corpse: an operetta with a libretto in Russian about a British home appliance, a Dyson DC07 Vacuum Cleaner, set in an Israeli reality of private perversion and socio-political phobias. While each of these layers offers its own particular resonances and substrata, they share in common the emergence of communal and private forms of xenophobia from within the private sphere of leisure and pleasure, abundance and perversions.

On view in Kassel, The Blind Merchant (1989 – 1991), is an artist book juxtaposing text and image, history and its revision. The work is composed of three elements: the complete text of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; a “parasitical” text written by Roee Rosen that runs alongside the play, adopting the perspective of the principal antagonist Shylock, the Jewish moneylender; and 145 drawings that present an alternative approach to the drama’s staging and casting of characters—Shylock is depicted as the blind merchant with drawings made by the artist while blindfolded. The artist book was published by Sternberg Press in 2016, nevertheless to date this body of work has only been exhibited in folio format.

Presented in Athens, Live and Die as Eva Braun (1995-1997) consists of 66 works on paper and a text in ten segments. Addressing the viewer as a potential client, the text promises and describes the ultimate entertaining experience: Becoming Hitler ́s lover during the last days of the war, experiencing intimacy with the dictator, the suicide and a short trip to hell. The project is realized as both an installation and an artist book and includes translation to Greek of the texts, design, and fabrication.