Staring Back at the Sun

Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

Staring Back at the Sun highlights work by 35 artists who take an incisive, critical perspective towards the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Showcasing early performances, films and videos never before presented outside of Israel, the program focuses on the activist impulse in video artmaking in Israel over the last four decades, and explores themes such as the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.

DAY 1: 1970-1997

Saturday, April 22

4 PM

Introduction and screening of  Part I 1970–80: Early Experiments in Time-Based Art, curated by Ilana Tenenbaum

5:30 PM

Introduction and screening of Part II 1980–97: An Art Form Coming Into Its Own, curated by Ilana Tenenbaum

7 PM

Discussion with program curators Ilana Tenenbaum and Avi Feldman and curator of WRO Art Center – Piotr Krajewski.

DAY 2: 1997-2012 

Sunday, April 23

5 PM

Introduction by Avi Feldman

5:30 PM

Screening of Part III 1997–2005: The Rise of the Medium, curated by Sergio Edelsztein

6:30 PM

Introduction by Avi Feldman

7 PM

Screening of Part IV 2005–12: State of Amnesia: Recent Video from Israel, curated by Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman.