The sound installation “Art Life” is an autonomous personal snapshot of the life of an Israeli-Jew in Germany. It consists of eight instalments. The red thread which links the instalments together is the reference to one of my art works which is often mentioned only in an aside. Every instalment is illustrated by pictures of the art work, in order to convey the need for expression and the necessity for art in life.
They are written in stream of consciousness style, which is a mixture of thoughts, memories, associations and an interpretation of my Jewish-Israeli identity. In the instalment, “Naked Phase”, for instance, I talk about the motivations for the move from Israel to Germany as well as about activism in connection with discrimination. I face up to these by regarding my female body as an heir. With feminist intent, I have added corporality to the texts, in which I write in an explicit and provocative way about the naked female body and its functions. I use the body as a reference to the original home and as a message in which my Jewish identity over several generations is written, as can be heard in the performance text to the “Naked Phase” instalment. There I say: “My body has been handed down from these ‘foremothers’, screaming ahead of me, a memorial with a history, chiselled into my face, into my scars and my foreign accent.” In the instalment “No Warming Words”, I make an association between Nazis, the colour brown and shit. I reflect on my grandmother’s battle with post-Nazi Germans for restitution, which she never managed to conclude.
In the recordings of the texts, breathing and mouth noises can be heard, as well as a voice close to the microphone. In that way the sounds are experienced as being very near, which strengthens the intimacy expressed in the texts. It is also of conceptual significance that I myself speak the instalments, because it is a metaphor for the effect of something personal, which goes from inside to outside, from the larynx into the air.
With this exhibition, I hope to give an artistic representation of the phenomenon of young Israelis who have decided on a life in Germany. I would like to share with people of various backgrounds, what it is like to be a Jew/ess today in Germany, while guiding people’s attention to modern anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.
Thank you for your time and for your visit to this on line installation. Special thanks to Friedland Museum, the curator Ammar Hatem and Professor Martin Krenn.
No Words of Warmth
No Words of Warmth
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