THE ENDLESS SOLUTION, 2005
Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
For this exhibition I created a remote and hostile living habitat, populated by a Sisyphean community that was depicted in its attempt to survive some undisclosed disaster and start over. I transformed the large presentation hall to simulate an important place recurring throughout my body of work – the Dead Sea. While this alternative world belonged to an indefinable period, I inserted into it signs of modernity such as an old car, a bicycle and several machines, suggesting that this environment belonged sometime in the middle of the 20th century.
Both the show’s title as well as other clues interspersed in the installation hinted at the dark atrocities of the Second World War and the genocide of the Jewish people in the Holocaust.
I filled the space with layered images that were laden with local and universal meanings, both historical and contemporary. Among them were the views of the Dead Sea, a place of annihilation and purification; pictures of crucifixion, sacrifice and redemption; a volcano, a deadly furnace and a bustling hive. Hung overhead were images of Eros, the infinite force of life, suggesting that Death’s finiteness could yet be overcome.