Staring Back at the Sun

Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Artis, in collaboration with Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, presented the Los Angeles launch of Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970–2012, an internationally traveling exhibition and public program that traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel.

Staring Back at the Sun highlights work by 35 artists who take an incisive, critical perspective towards the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Showcasing early performances, films and videos never before presented outside of Israel, the program focuses on the activist impulse in video artmaking in Israel over the last four decades, and explores themes such as the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.


Saturday November 19, 2016
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
901 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles

Part I Early Experiments in Film and Video: 1970-1980 (64 minutes)
curated by Ilana Tenenbaum

Part II An Art Form Coming into Its Own: 1980-1997 (30 minutes)
curated by Ilana Tenenbaum


Part III The Rise of the Medium: 1997-2005 (62 minutes)
curated by Sergio Edelsztein

Part IV State of Amnesia: 2005-2012 (61 minutes)
curated by Yael Bartana and Avi Feldman

Panel discussion moderated by Executive Director Yael Reinharz with:
Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute curator
Adam Berg, artist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design and Adjunct Faculty, CalArts

Free; RSVP required as space is limited:


Exhibition and Program Tour

Towson University, Baltimore
February 4 – April 3, 2016, exhibition

New Museum, New York
February 20-21, 2016, program

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles
November 19, 2016, program

Casa do Povo, São Paulo
November 25- December 1, 2016, program

Koffler Center of the Arts, Toronto
Fall 2017, exhibition

International House, Philadelphia
2018, program

Organizing Curator: Chen Tamir
Contributing Curators: Yael Bartana, Avi Feldman, Sergio Edelsztein, and Ilana Tenenbaum.
Video Editing: Yaron Attar.


Boaz Arad, Maayan Amir & Ruti Sela, Yossi Atia & Itamar Rose, Yael Bartana, Irit Batsry, Guy Ben Ner, Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufr Birim, Michael Druks, Buky Schwartz, Benni Efrat, Avraham Eilat, Nir Evron, Yair Garbuz, Gideon Gechtman, Moshe Gershuni, Tamar Getter, Dor Guez, Sigalit Landau, Raffi Lavie, Motti Mizrachi, Avi Mograbi, Michal Naaman, Joshua Neustein, Miri Nishri, Nira Pereg, Dov Or-Ner, Gilad Ratman, Roee Rosen, Henry Shelesnyak, Ran Slavin, Doron Solomons, Micha Ullman, Rona Yefman [& Tanja Schlander], Dan Zakhem, Nana & Boaz Zonshine


For inquiries, please email


Lead support provided by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Major funders include: The Russell Berrie FoundationThe Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Rivka Saker & Uzi Zucker, and Donald Sussman.


Many thanks to Chris Bedford, Lydia Bell, Laura Fried, Eleanor Fruchter, Talia Heiman, Persis Singh and Hannah Vaitsblit for their invaluable work on this project.