Event Date: January through March 2020
Courtesy of Nadia Perlov, The Egg and the Shell
List of works, in order of appearance:
1. MAYA ZACK
Mother Economy, 2007, 19:45 min.
2. Ira Edarduvna
Princess or Tiger, 2010, 06:21 min.
3. Nadia Perlov
The Egg and The Shell, 2018, 30:00 min.
4. Ofri Cnani
Pathos, 2007, 15:41 min.
This program of video art at Parallel brings together works by female Israeli artists that explore – and breaks down – ideas concerning female gendered identity. Each artist articulates her own position in relation to perceived conventions and plays with the viewers’ points of view and expectations concerning traditional gendered roles and traits.
MAYA ZACK’s Mother Economy is the opening piece in the artist “memory trilogy” and one that takes on the idea of female gendered identity as it reverses societal expectations. The woman in the film is the embodiment of “mother economy,” a homemaker whose mundane actions receive symbolic meaning as she traces, measures, and analyzes the objects comprising of her domestic environment. These actions appear absurd and mark her devotion as nonsensical.
NADIA PERLOV’s The Egg and the Shell follows the surrealist journey of a lone female character. The figure, even though identifies as an alien, does not escape the symbolism often associated with women, as home, a source of life and place of origin as she travels thorough sites typified by their vastness; outer space and the desert, appear as a land of Genesis of sort.
IRA EDARDUVNA’s Princess or Tiger describes a woman’s journey through a forest and into an enclosed domestic space that transforms into a maze. The narrative unfolds as she moves from site to site and its meaning is reveled through repetition and multiple simultaneous shots, each showing a slightly different angle. Her progress is the result of written or verbal instructions she receives and choices she makes throughout her quest, marking her as the master of her own destiny.
Pathos by OFRI CNANI re-tells episodes originating from The Odyssey but in an urban context. Another update is that the traditional ancient myth is told with a heroine at its centre, instead of the traditional male hero thus reversing the gendered roles. The adventures and trials the heroine attempts to overcome make her increasingly more anxious and insecure, causing her to embark on a lifesaving journey.