April 4 – May 26, 2019
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Guest Curator: Liora Belford
Spring Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 7–9 PM | FREE
Artist and Curator Talk: Sunday, April 7, 2 PM | FREE
Deeply informed by cultural research, the video and sound installations of Israeli artist Nevet Yitzhak rely on digital technology, combining found footage, archival and photographic materials transformed through editing and sound treatment. With a critical approach of contemporary political and cultural issues, Yitzhak challenges perceptions of the past by raising questions about cultural heritage and collective forgetfulness within a complex local identity. Yitzhak’s multi-channel video installation WarCraft takes as departure point the Afghan war rug, a unique tradition of weaving generated by a history of conflict and foreign military presence. Originally an expression of resistance, a means of survival and a way of communicating the horrors of war, occupation and migration, the rugs became commodified by the international tourism industry. In her laborious digital work, Yitzhak reinvents the rugs’ iconography introducing 3D models of weaponry employed by contemporary armies and war zones, using animation and sound to reveal their destructive potential. Expanding from the culturally specific to global concerns and other violent histories, Yitzhak’s view is informed by her own context and a critical examination of current Israeli state of affairs.
Image: Nevet Yitzhak, WarCraft, 2014, Installation view at Yossi Milo gallery, New York, 2015 (Image courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, Image Credit: Thomas Seely).