Staring Back at the Sun

Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 at Lightbox Film Center, International House Philadelphia

 

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.

This iteration of Staring Back at the Sun is presented in conjunction with Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on view from September 21, 2018 – January 1, 2019.

DAY 1: 1970–1997
Thursday, November 1, 7 PM

Introduction by Dr. Joshua Simon, curator and writer, and editor of Maarvon (Western)-New Film Magazine

Part I: 1970–1980: Early Experiments in Time-Based Art 
Part II: 1980–1997: An Art Form Coming Into Its Own

 

DAY 2: 1997–2012
Saturday, November 3, 7 PM

Introduction by Dr. Joshua Simon, curator and writer, and editor of Maarvon (Western)-New Film Magazine

Part III: 1997–2005: The Rise of the Medium
Part IV: 2005–2012: State of Amnesia: Recent Video from Israel