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WEIZMANN INSTITUTE RESIDENCY 2023
Sometimes memory opens an eye at the sight of a small ripple on the water, sometimes to the sound of a word that artist Lee Yanor culls and collects. The video installations manifold images of landscapes and bodies are projected on chiffon fabrics, engulfed by voice and sound. Images extracted from MRI scans explode like lightning flashes over gray landscape, photographs of wheat fields, alongside projected images of neurons which Yanor extracted from research laboratories at the Weizmann Institute of Science during her residency there. As part of the program, she conducted a dialogue with neuroscientists for her ongoing research into memories and movement in time. Drorit Gur Arie, Curator
VANISHINGS & FAREWELLS
2019, 5 HD Video installation With the participation of Maria Salomaa; Editing Mariana Bouhsira , Ifat Tadmor; Original music Phil Von Vanishings & farewells oscillates between the blinding light associated with the end and a yearning which marks a new beginning. Rupturing linear narratives, Maria Salomaa appears in 5 theatrical pictures that delineate a fragile and vulnerable mental space. More vague and more mysterious – as temporal “duration” in which time and space, past and future, are fused into a continuous present. The colours and the dreamlike different landscapes become a stage of human loneliness & absurdity. Raising visual situations on the hreshold of bottomless pain blended with cautious optimism.
2018, HD video, 7:15 min With the participation of Zina Zinchenko Editing: Ifat Tadmor Original music: NORSCQ "And now, in the silence that follows the fall, when there is no more heartbeat to be heard, we linger in the dark and our gaze turns inwards. The emptiness we feel in the aftermath, is gorged with a sense of past and impending doom. We find ourselves floating both within and outside time.” Netta Eshel (curator)
ONLY ONE STORY
2017, HD video, 7:15 min With the participation of Maria Salomaa and Philip Zanden Editing: Mariana Bouhsira, Ifat Tadmor Original music: NORSCQ Only one story interweaves two temporalities through image and sound: slow and fast, outside and inner, floating and drowning, grasping and missing, running in parallel and intersecting. This repetition of actions and interferences opens up the possibility of a unified story synthesizing an ever-changing point of view.
COFFEE WITH PINA
Full Film - https://jfc.org.il/movie/36117-2/ 2006, SD video/film, 52 min Israel Film Archive | Jerusalem Cinematheque Editing: Mariana Bouhsira "Coffee with Pina is a film that refuses to adhere to conventions. It is not fiction, yet not quite documentary either. More than anything else, this film is a study of documentation, memory and experience. This film creates a stream of consciousness that immerses the viewer in beauty, strength and an intense joie de vivre. Within these one can find a rare ingredient that can be defined as realistic optimism...." A Journey with Pina Bausch by Smadar Sheffi (cultural theoretician) Director: Lee Yanor
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE
2016, 6-channel HD video installation, 12:12 min With the participation of Talia Paz, Yehezkel Lazarov, Mike Winter, Barbara Kaufmann, Ruth Amarante This Side of Paradise is composed of multiple scenes edited, played and synchronized as a dynamic interaction on multiple screens. The scenes drift from performative actions to cathartic monologue, from universal feelings and thoughts to a very particular and real emotional exposure. The video installation becomes a hybrid of landscape, performance, theater, documentary film and plastic art.
2015, 2-channel HD video, 4:15 min With the participation of Barbara Kaufmann Editing: Ifat Tadmor and Mariana Bouhsira Original music: NORSCQ “Full moon presents a theatrical picture that delineates a fragile and vulnerable mental space, where we find a woman trapped in timeless time, between what already took place and what is yet to come. She summons an intimacy and freedom of action that embrace processes of change. As though moonstruck, she is free and unpredictable.” Sally Haftel Naveh (curator)
Visual Artist, filmmaker and photographer
Lee Yanor works creatively interweaving plastic arts, photography, dance, music, sound, and technology. Movement is an element that has a philosophical and physical presence within her. Through her video-installations, emulsions and holograms, she brings out the materiality of the image and imprints countless layers of reflexive and collective memories in time and space.