RE-Establishing Shot

Sep 9, 2014 5:10PM

Artis is pleased to announce RE-Establishing Shot, a film program curated by Yael Messer and Gilad Reich of High & Low Bureau, commissioned and presented by Artis, to take place on Wednesday, September 17, 7 pm, at Cabinet, Brooklyn.  A Q&A, moderated by Artis alumna Chelsea Haines, writer, independent curator, and doctoral student in Art History at CUNY,will follow the screening.


A subsequent screening of RE-Establishing Shot will take place at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, on Tuesday, September 23, 7-9 pm. A conversation with Paul Young will follow the program.


RE-Establishing Shot explores the ways in which young artists from Israel use cinematic language to re-contextualize and challenge hegemonic narratives within Israeli society. Five video works will be shown to examine the use and manipulation of the cinematic concept of the establishing shot, a shot designed to frame the time and location where a film’s narrative is taking place -- Soundtrack (2013) by Guy Ben Ner; How Things Are (2009) by Roiy Nitzan: This is Jerusalem, Mr. Pasolini (2013) by Amir Yatziv;  Nevet Yitzhak’s Salute (2014); and Gaza Canal (2010) by Tamir Zadok. Recognizable cinematic and television sub-genres such as documentary, news reporting, feature film, and promotional video are used by the artists to question claims to truth and fiction. Curators ask viewers to “develop a critical approach to the construction of narrative not only in cinema, but also in the construction of narratives in our social and political life.”


The curators, Yael Messer and Gilad Reich of  High & Low Bureau, are based in Amsterdam and Tel-Aviv. Their work includes programming of exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications in collaboration with leading art institutions in Europe and Israel, including the Stedelijk, Amsterdam, and the Israeli Center for Digital Art. Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on and suggest alternatives to specific social-political conditions.