Tel Aviv Museum (Helena Rubinstein Pavilion), 2012 (Photo Elad Sarig)

Breathing Bird

2012, two channel video on flat screens (19 inch), 30 min loop

Facing each other on either side of a window sill, two birds have come into each other’s field of vision, yet separated physically. The exhalation of the bird in the cold air outside has resulted in a small area of frozen mini droplets of water. This has several connotations: on the one hand it could be read as sign of life and desire to communicate, on the other hand it delineates and enhances the physical frontier and thus accentuates the separation and the impossibility of physical contact.

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