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An old, Hebrew children's song states, "home is just a box that you live in." To my mind, this is true only if you're a Buddhist, viewing the body as a mere box for the soul. I believe that, for most of us, home is a representation - if not a very extension - of ourselves.
Moments of Home, an exhibition initiated and sponsored by Bezeq, investigates the notion of home for 15 Israeli Celebrities. Students from all the leading Israeli film schools sat with their chosen celebrities and discussed 'home' with them. Together they created a two-minute video art clip that represents the famed person's home and the way it reflects their personality.
Itamar Luria, from Minshar School for Art, chose theater, film and TV actress Sarah Von Schwartze. "I chose Sarah because she's a terrific actress," says Luria. "When I sat down with her to discuss the notion of home, it turned out we both see home in the same way - a place where you feel safe and secure but also free, like in an open field. For Sarah, home is bed. That is the place where everyone gathers and loves to be. From those two ideas we created the frame of a bed in a field, which appears in the movie."
Beside these more abstract interpretations, the movie, shot by photographer Elad Rabinovich, shows Von Schwartze in her actual home - doing laundry, helping her kids and learning text for a play. "When I was at her house, this is what she did. That is her everyday life," Luria says.
Orit Yaakobi, also from Minshar, wasn't sure how to present actor, dancer and choreographer Ido Tadmor's everyday life. "The film, shot by photographer Eran Paz, shows Ido performing one of his dances, The Old Man, a theatrical piece in which Ido, using items he collected throughout his life, depicts the transformation of a man from infancy to old age.* It is a unique three-minute dance with which Ido ends his shows. It shows a less familiar, theatrical side of Ido. However, after much consideration, I realized that showing Ido in his everyday life as well, makes the film more appealing to a broader audience."
Thus, in the film, we see Ido explaining his multitudinous collections, talking to his life partner and setting the area where he performs the dance. Only then do we see him performing a much shorter version of the dance. "In the end, I'm much happier with this version," says Yaakobi. "Ido is an amazing man and we clicked immediately. I am really pleased that the movie ably shows a little bit of his personality, as it is reflected in his home and in his life."
Both films, as well as the others, were selected from many contenders by the exhibition's curator and director and multi-disciplinary artist Eldad Ziv and esteemed director Shlomi Elkabetz. Every film is presented in a specially designed space that is an integral part of the creation. Yaakobi's film, for example, is screened in a room that resembles Tadmor's house. "Ido has a lot of digital work on the walls, so I took two of the frames he made for them and turned them into pictures. Also included in the installation is the bench he uses in the dance as are some of his collections. I wanted people to feel that they're at Ido's home," Yaakobi says.
Luria's film is set in a completely different environment. It is screened on the ceiling of a space decorated with carpets and pillows. He explains, "I wanted a space in which everyone can feel at home. You watch the movie lying down, which gives a feeling of serenity. Furthermore, I hoped," Luria laughs (adding that he hopes not to sound too pretentious), "that when people will look up to view the film, it will feel as if they're looking up towards their own ambitions, towards their own dreams."
The exhibition runs everyday until August 27 at the Amiad Center in Jaffa's Flea Market. For more information visit bezeq.co.il
You can watch Ido's video at dotadmor.co.il