Artist talk by Ariel Reichman
Saturday 25th July at 8pm at Ha'Rivera Gallery.
Crossroad Ben-Gurion and Nordau Street in Bat-Yam, Israel
The gallery is located directly on the beach
Next to the lifeguard house number 6.
“That it shall be known, to all of Israel, to all of the world and to all the nations of the world. That they shall know that we have arrived at home! And when we have arrived home, they shall know, that no force in the world will move us from here.” – Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook (named after Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin), 1975.
During his stay at the “PROGRAM”, an artist residence in Berlin, Ariel Reichman created a series of art works, performances, and installations. By repurposing the gallery into a laboratory for living—a settlement – his project explored the intentions and desires to inscribe boundary, territory and ownership on place. The video performance “Crawling in an exaggerated manner around a perimeter of a square” was part of this interventions named “legal settlement.” Reichman writes: (...) My settlement is a legitimate one. But what I will bring with me to PROGRAM is a nuanced ideology—which will slowly develop into an intimate identity and personality within the space of the gallery. It is not the physical shape of a house or an “abandoned” hill, but rather acts of ritual and idealistic national thought that are inherent to the settlement. The reckless earnestness of the “youth of the hills,” the noar hagvaot who primitively occupy hilltops of the West Bank, surviving on cultural dogma and conviction, serve as a point of departure for this self-critical exhibition. “Crawling in an exaggerated manner around a perimeter of a square” is also an art historical quotation or re-enactment of the video by American artist Bruce Nauman. In the video from 1967, Nauman walks around the perimeter of a large square marked off with masking tape. He shifts his hips exaggeratedly as he places one foot in front of the other, moving carefully around the square.