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Compressed Ceramic Powder
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Catalogue no. 1386 File: Y Catalogue no. 1126 File: Compilations Catalogue no. 1301 File: Compilations
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6'00''
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2007
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In the work “Compressed Ceramic Powder” (The Battle in the Orchard), Amir Yatziv documents a group of Israeli “soldiers” describing their last moments in battle, just before their own deaths. This is the ultimate soldier fantasy: dying in battle, becoming a hero and finally, being interviewed about it. But in this fight they use bullets made of compressed ceramic powder (for simulation purposes) instead of real ones. The work creates a hyperreality in which soldiers can describe their own deaths, and shape the myths of their bravery according to a well known model shaped by the myth of self-sacrifice that is at the core of the Israeli narrative. The soldiers telling the stories of their own deaths allows for a new, improved version of this myth, given from a first-person perspective. (Eyal Danon)

Also found on the compilation "Tribal Fire" curated by Eyal Danon, and on the screening program “Re-Constructions” curated by Maya Pasternak and Galit Eilat.

Hebrew with English subtitles

Catalogue no. 1386
File: Y

Catalogue no. 1126
File: Compilations

Catalogue no. 1301
File: Compilations

Death         Performance         Recreation         Army         War         Reconstruction

 

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