MASIK, 2012

In Hebrew, the process of harvesting olives is called “Masik.” Traditionally, a ripe olive tree is shaken and beaten in the beginning of winter, so that the olives that fall from it can be collected. In this video work, a machine can be seen shaking the tree, as the olives fall into a net. The net is then picked up and used as a sack, which men then carry the olives with.

 

The men in the video are Palestinian workers, employed in Kibbutz Revivim. The young workers wield the sticks, and their movements choreograph a fierce, ritualistic dance around the trees. This olive harvest takes a turn that is quite distinct from a mere documentary, appearing like a wild hunt.

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