Barbed Hula, 2000
video, 1:45 min
This act of desensitization — spinning a hula hoop of barbed wire — I performed at sunrise on a southern beach of Tel-Aviv, where fishermen and elderly people come to start their day and exercise. The beach is the only calm and natural border Israel has. Danger is generated from history into life and into the body.
In this video loop, I am performing a hula belly dance.
This is a personal and senso-political act concerned with invisible, sub-skin borders, surrounding the body actively and endlessly.
All my work relates, in one way or another, to a loss of orientation. The pain here is escaped by the speed of the act, and the fact that the spikes of the barbed wire are mostly turned outwards.