Bezalel Graduate Exhibition, Jerusalem, July 2014
The first room of the exhibition showed a photograph of Pini, Halil Balabin’s uncle, who was imprisoned for 35 years for having committed a murder. He didn’t know then if and when he would be released. In the photograph Pini holds a rug he made in prison. The photo was accompanied by an audio recording in which Halil’s mother talks about the uncle: “He was a problematic, fucked up person since he was young. Such people should be executed or be excluded from society.” The room functions as a sub-conscious area, empty and frightening, whose only connections with the outside world is via a deliberately tiny window. This installation is an attempt to examine documentary art without using a video recording. A sound recording doesn’t compel the listener a visual world, and invites him to create such a world by himself.
The second room of the exhibition was a video screening of Ortal, an albino woman whose sight is impaired. Her head comes out of a green rug which serves as a “green screen” for visual effects.