Oded Hirsch
Israeli, born 1976

Oded Hirsch is known for documentary-style videos filmed in rural Israel, where he grew up. A recent trilogy attempts to capture the spirit of life on a kibbutz, touching upon themes such as the relationship of the individual to the community and laborious ventures that seemingly serve no purpose. For example, in 50 blue (2009), a young man pushes an older, wheelchair-bound paraplegic across rocky, muddy, and otherwise difficult terrain until they reach a tower constructed in a lake. Once there, a group of men donning identical yellow slickers manually hoist the old man to the top of the tower and leave him to sit there for a while. “My process is not limited solely to the finished work,” Hirsch explains. “I am fascinated first and foremost by the social and communal endeavor itself.”

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