What could be the text next to this collaborative work of Nimrod Gershoni, Liat Shakhar and Jonathan Touitou? Maybe, a translation could be a valuable attempt as it stresses the limited correlation between two element of different nature; here, objects and words.
A radical statement is here stated, no image is to be exhibited in the gallery space during these three coming days.Nimrod Gershuni and Liat Shakhar relates to these three days as an event. It being the negation of the order as we know it, of the set-up, of the pre-established plan. The event is prior and beyond our apprehension. A particularly relevant statement in the light of their work: Off the wall.Only, a careful dispositive is here set in the gallery. A rack with posters featuring close-up images of the “Homat Magen”. A metronome ticking left-right-left echoing the horizontal rotation of the camera (the other machine) syncs the movement of the viewers harms flipping through the images.Entering the space the viewer already activated one first time the pivot, the one of the door painted white. He entered the space thus being warned: your action matter.So one may argue that this three days set-up prevent us from calling it an even Moreover, Nimrod Gershoni and Liat Shakhar agreed to display these images in a poster rack and so refer to Social Realism. Conveying a message from the social sphere and back to it, as opposed to the exaggerated expression of the artists ego in the Romantic period, social realism imagery eventually was conveying a message. The posters here function as display they don’t feature any political message/image, they are the wall, the anti-image, the emptying, they are prior and beyond the message/image. This carefully planned set-up leaves the viewer in a doleful angst which the ticking of the metronome seems to seal in an endless repetition: an event is to occur or not, surfacing from the Israeli viewer’s sub-conscience perhaps, or in a conversation between two visitors etc…
One thing is sure, and it is that the opening is taking place, we are celebrating. what are we celebrating? The ceremonial is here at stake.