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LINE IN THE SAND 

Curator:

Sharon Toval

Year:

April, 2021

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Eyal Segal is opening a new video installation consisting of four video works he edited this year, from archival shots taken in the past nine years. The videos create a discourse on several levels: the Israeli Culture, the socio-political and existential status, and life and death between heaven and earth. The works generate a game that moves between the thematic and perceptual lines or boundaries. Segal chose various genres in the field of video. “Moses” is a short documentary, which traces an Israeli character from the Hatikva neighborhood, a kind of “Salah Shabati” post-hero, who spends his time searching for treasures lost under the sand off the coast of Israel.

A kind of fantasy detector that presents us with a socio-political mirror, Israel as a utopian or realistic fiction?

Two other videos connect the puzzle between “Moses” and “A prayer for Addis”: the first is “Loop in the Sky“, which shows a fabric loop hanging from a crane at a construction site, flying without gravity, and the second “Once there was a grave here”, performative documentation of two figures, a history that is about to disappear under new buildings that will be placed on it. The work “Prayer in Addis”, which is a kind of barometer of the other pieces, envelops them in a mystical religious aura and adds to the socio-ethnic dimension of the installation.

Installation Photography: Yotam From

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PRAYER FOR ADDIS, 2021

HD Video, 24'40" 

(Filmed Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2017)

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"THERE IS NO GOLD IN ISRAEL"

MOSES, 2021
Short Film, 27'48" 
(Filmed Ashdod, Israel, 2019)

"Moses" a short documentary, which traces an Israeli character from the Hatikva neighborhood, a kind of "Salah Shabati" post-hero, who spends his time searching for treasures lost under the sand off the coast of Israel. A kind of fantasy detector that presents us with a socio-political mirror, Israel as a utopian or realistic fiction?

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ONCE THERE WAS A GRAVE HERE, 2021
HD Video-Performance, 8'00" 
Sound by: Nir Jacob Younessi
(Filmed Jaffa, Israel, 2012)

-> 'Once there was a Grave here' - Article in PORTFOLIO Magazin.

LOOP IN THE SKY, 2021

HD Video, 4:30 

(Filmed Jaffa, Israel, 2012)

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