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A hand of a woman, a hand of a man – both gradually making their way in an aquarium of sand – are digging towards each other. They finally break through and touch for a short while before the man’s hand slowly disappears. The feminine hand still searching for its partner on the other end of the tunnel, retreats leaving a void. As children playing in the sand of Mediterranean beaches we practiced this game a lot. The result was a damp tunnel with a sudden sandy synchronised handshake and plenty of sand in our fingernails as well. The sound in this work is a key to understanding the conflict in which a game and a political reality are superimposed. How the leaders Hussein bin Talal, Yasser Arafat, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Olmert, Ahmad Tibi, Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Barack Obama – among many others - are relating to the conflict as unsolvable (and other scandalous lies) and, even unknowingly, deceiving a public. Who will lead the way? In “Hands” I am flipping the frame and after the dig comes a filling of the tunnel with plaster creating a solid bridge form, but also a blocked tunnel. (Egyptians and citizens of Gaza constantly dig Tunnels under the borders for the passage of essential goods and also for smuggling arms). “Hands” creates a layering to this reality and to the childhood memory with political meaning as well as romantic biographical allegory.

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Hands

A hand of a woman, a hand of a man – both gradually making their way in an aquarium of sand – are digging towards each other. They finally break through and touch for a short while before the man’s hand slowly disappears. The feminine hand still searching for its partner on the other end of the tunnel, retreats leaving a void. As children playing in the sand of Mediterranean beaches we practiced this game a lot. The result was a damp tunnel with a sudden sandy synchronised handshake and plenty of sand in our fingernails as well. The sound in this work is a key to understanding the conflict in which a game and a political reality are superimposed. How the leaders Hussein bin Talal, Yasser Arafat, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Olmert, Ahmad Tibi, Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Barack Obama – among many others - are relating to the conflict as unsolvable (and other scandalous lies) and, even unknowingly, deceiving a public. Who will lead the way? In “Hands” I am flipping the frame and after the dig comes a filling of the tunnel with plaster creating a solid bridge form, but also a blocked tunnel. (Egyptians and citizens of Gaza constantly dig Tunnels under the borders for the passage of essential goods and also for smuggling arms). “Hands” creates a layering to this reality and to the childhood memory with political meaning as well as romantic biographical allegory.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis