Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 is a two-night video exhibition that traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel and highlights work by artists who take an incisive, critical perspective toward the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond.
The first night is curated by Ilana Tenenbaum, and features 14 works under the heading Part 1: 1970–80—Early Experiments in Time-Based Art and 7 videos under the heading Part 2: 1980–97—An Art Form Coming Into Its Own. The second night features Part 3: 1997–2005—The Rise of the Medium, 6 works curated by Sergio Edelsztein, and Part 4: 2005–12—State of Amnesia: Recent Video from Israel, 8 works curated by Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman.
Avi Feldman, co-curator of Part 4: State of Amnesia—2005-2012, will introduce both nights of the exhibition and offer a Q&A following the screenings. Feldman is an independent curator and writer based in Tel Aviv, Berlin, and Dresden. He is a recipient of the 2018 Goethe-Institut New York’s curatorial residency within its MINI/Goethe-Institut Ludlow 38 program.
This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Tang’s presentation of This Place.