Image courtesy of the artist; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; and Petzel Gallery, New York

Summer Camp

Date: 2007

Materials: Video and sound installation

Length: 24 min.

Credit: Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. Supported by Artis and The George Foundation

Her video installation Summer Camp (2007), on view here, compresses a two-week-long project of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). It is an annual display of civil disobedience in which a nonsectarian group of volunteers rebuilds the home of a Palestinian family that has been destroyed by the Israeli authorities. This film is followed by an abridged version of Awodah (1935), a black-and-white Zionist epic film produced to encourage European Jews to relocate to pre-State Israel. Combined, these two films suggest the circular nature of history, and the mobility of symbols and rhetoric across time and space.

Audio:

Assistant Curator Amanda Donnan on Yael Bartana's Summer Camp [ 1 of 2 ]

Assistant Curator Amanda Donnan on Yael Bartana's Summer Camp [ 2 of 2 ]

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