THE RAM IN THE THICKET, 2013
Maison Hermes in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
This show featured two projects. The first centered on the olive harvest in Israel;
four videos I took offered four different viewpoints of a machine at work as it shook
olive trees violently, releasing the fruit so it could fall to the ground.
Following the spectacle of the tortured trees, the quiet of the open fields filled the screen. The harvesting machine featured in the show was an instrument designed to shake human beings and fiercely embrace the visitors.
The second project was the third variation of an installation in which I reproduced an interior from the 1950s. A home where women’s voices could be heard [dubbed in Japanese] emanating from the kitchen and the sitting-room. The women talked about their lives and passed on songs and recipes. The magic of their voices and the evocative power of their stories were disseminated from the hotplates of the old kitchen stove, which were replaced by speakers. The absent women opened their intimate existence to the viewers.
Curator: Reiko Setsuda