Curator: Eran hizenhamer
In the heart of Libling house in Tel Aviv, in the living room of Apartment No. 6, an amphitheater was built - a round structure that surrounds a public space designed for large gatherings. Two video installations were chosen for the amphitheater: one by the artist Maayan Mozes and the other by the political activist and writer Angela Davis. Both works are screened together in a divided space.
Maayan Mozes stands with her head facing the Knesset, opposing the shape and function of the legislative body that governs the country's affairs. The law grants the state the authority to exert power over us. The physical resistance that we witness in Mozes' video work is part of the history of political activism, protests, and public performance actions in which the body refuses and resists the force exerted upon it. It is also an individual and endless act of resistance by the artist against the injustice inherent in the existing order.
Angela Davis is one of the leaders of the Black Panther movement. In 1970, Davis was arrested on false charges and fought in court until her acquittal. The screened interview takes place from inside the prison where she was held during her imprisonment. At the peak of the interview, she is asked by the Swedish television crew interviewing her if the Black Panthers will continue to resort to violence. In her response, Davis does not fall into the populist trap. She presents the personal and historical context for the question of violence and manages to maintain control and establish the proper boundaries of the discussion even within the prison.
The amphitheater was built with rounded wood beams, so the audience sits in a semi-circular shape. The aim of the amphitheater is to create an intuitive, open, and fertile dialogue with the visiting audience in front of the screened video works.
Curator: Eran Eisenhammer
Amphi structure - concept and development: Ana Wild
Design: Aya Zeiger and Eran Eisenhammer
Building: Aya Zeiger.