previews

  • Ragnar Kjartansson, Song, 2011, video, color, sound, 360 minutes.

    “Ragnar Kjartansson: Architecture and Morality”

    The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA)
    2a Tsadok Hacohen St. (Corner of Kalisher) The Rachel & Israel Pollak Gallery
    May 26 - July 30

    Curated by Chen Tamir

    For this solo exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson will take up plein air painting, producing one work each day as he did at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Depicting Israeli homes in the West Bank, Kjartansson inserts a methodology inscribed with nineteenth-century European male privilege into the context of the contemporary Middle East. His intervention raises the question of whether a historic practice that entangles landscape and subjectivity might help clarify a political situation in which the pictured territory is the contested site of national identification for both Israelis and Palestinians. Two accompanying videos, A Lot of Sorrow, 2013, and Song, 2011, each offering a six-hour-long musical performance, suggest that the force of repetition may evoke collective emotion, but how Kjartansson’s daily output of paintings will confront the ethical conundrum of his own position as a commissioned voyeur remains unclear.