Shahar Marcus, “In-Relation” at Braverman gallery, until 6th December
Shahar Marcus won Celeste Prize Video and Animation section in 2011.
In-Relation is a unique video-performance-installation project, which is the result of two artists' collaboration: Nezaket Ekici and Shahar Marcus. The project includes videos and performance-installation that explore time, space, culture and religion. Both artists are internationally known Performance artists, using their bodies as vessels to express themselves in space and time in order to display the positive influence of cultural differences.
The video-performance Sand Clock is shot in the Israeli desert. The collaboration of the native and the foreign artist create a mutual art work, which contains a refreshing perspective onto the desert landscape and its meaning. Both artists perform in the video along side of a group of 10 performers of different ages, cultural and religious backgrounds. The performers stand in the desert like sculptures, appearing as human sand clocks.
Most deserts are created due to climate changes. If water is absent from the land over a long period, desertification occurs naturally. A desert is a product of nature with a history of change and can be seen as a symbol for life itself – being born, living and dying.
In the video salt&ever, Shahar Marcus is walking in a business suit on the Dead Sea water. The image is referring to Jesus who walked on the water in the Sea of Galilee. But instead of the sweet water the walk is on salty water which creates the illusion of floating and emphasizes the contradiction between the successful suit and the symbols of freeze and death.
Salt dinner video performance, shows both artists sharing a table of food on the dead sea wavy waters. Their "post-death" picnic is an ironic perspective on the symbolism of death and religion that were present in other collaborative works in the project.