“Un-Charting” is artist Tali Keren’s first solo museum exhibition in the US. Keren’s performances, videos, and installations focus on the formation of ideology and political identity, and how ideologies are cultivated in media and platforms of distribution. Her new video installation, Un-Charting, juxtaposes discursive fantasy and lived reality, reflecting on the disproportionate influence of conservative evangelicals who have shaped the United States’ policies in the Middle East and Israel/Palestine for decades.
The work presents a journey across various landscapes. It is narrated by the imagined voice of British naval officer Richard Brothers in 1797, who recounts his plan for the city of Jerusalem—a place he has never seen, only imaged—alongside contemporary interviews. The work is a platform to reflect on the processes of decolonization within a global framework, while unpacking the real life consequences for how one understands legacies of landscape. Keren's exhibition at MOCAD includes a catalogue and public programing exploring how information and ideas are shaped by contemporary media industries and structures of power.