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, April 22:
4pm- Introduction by Ilana Tenenbaum
4:30pm- Screening of Part I: Early Experiments in Film and Video, 1970-1980
5:30pm- Introduction by Ilana Tenenbaum
6pm- Screening of Part II: An Art Form Coming Into Its Own, 1980-1997
7pm- Meeting and discussion with the curators of the project Ilana Tenenbaum and Avi Feldman and curator of WRO Art Center – Piotr Krajewski.
Sunday, April 23:
5pm- Introduction by Avi Feldman
5:30pm- Screening of Part III:The Rise of The Medium, 1997-2005
6:30pm- Introduction by Avi Feldman
7pm- Screening of Part IV: State of Amnesia: Recent Video From Israel, 2005-2012