2017, 3 Channels video installation, stereo sound (4:36 min loop)
Cinematography: Bruno Manguen
Firestarter is presented in a form of a triptych, displaying three separate locations: a “shrine” in basement, a burned forest and a desert. In each one appears the protagonist, wearing a costume, preforming a ritual of some sort. The burned forest is located in Haifa, Israel. This forest is one of the hundreds that were burned in a fire on November 2016. An extremely dry and windy climate caused a wave of fires, damaging dozens of houses and wild nature. During these events, journalists and government ministers have claimed that almost half of the fires are caused by arsons and referred to it as a massive terror attack. As of now, there is no evidence for arson, what evoked public suspicion for “fake news”. The invented “shrine” is a room loaded with handmade and found objects that carry tribal, middle eastern and Jewish imagery. A mishmash of symbols and perceptions of traditional societies. The images are related to the common fear of the unknown and protection from evil. The rituals performed by the protagonist engages with a helpless attempted to light something that is already burned.
Born in Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, Israel (1985), Vered Koren lives and creates in Cologne and Tel Aviv.
Since 2016 ‘Media Art Academy’ Cologne, postgraduate program.
2007-2011 'Hamidrasha' School of Art, Beit Berl College, BedFA with Honours - Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and Arts Education.
2019 Segulot, Labor Ebertplatz, Cologne.
2018 Urban Legends, Skola6 art space, Cesis, Latvia.
2016 Treasurers Hunters, online exhibition for “Erev Rav” Magazine, Israel.
2015 WitchCraft, Ramat Gan museum of Israeli art, Israel.
2015 Black Magic, Shangyuan art museum, Beijing.
2018 Eine Schifffahrt, Düsseldorf Photo Festival, Alte Kämmerei, Düsseldorf.
2018 Real, Fake and the Imaginary, Media Art Academy, Cologne.
2017 Rundgang KHM, Glasmoog- Raum für Kunst, Cologne.
2017 Art@tech Festival, Trinitatiskirsche, Cologne.
2017 Systematic Observation and Recall, Media Art Academy, Cologne.
2017 Art Birthday Bunker Party, Kulturbunker, Cologne.
2016 Fresh paint 8, contemporary art fair, Tel Aviv.
2016 Mother Stone (Ima Even), Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2015 Back 2 Kryptonite, Binyamin gallery, Tel Aviv.
2014 Lonely Planet, Gvirol Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2014 International Creation Program Annual Show, Shang Yuan Art Museum, Beijing.
2014 Staycation, Hayarkon 19 Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2014 Secret art 7, Beit Many, Bank Leumi, Tel Aviv.
2013 NotBook, "International plain notebook project", Beit Ha'ir, Tel Aviv-Yaffo's Urban culture museum.
2013 Fresh paint 6, Contemporary art fair, Tel Aviv.
2013 Plaster, Jaffa Salon of Art, Jaffa, Israel.
2013 The Barbecuers, "Hachava" (The Farm) Gallery, Holon, Israel.
2013 Fame temporary name, City Gallery, Rehovot, Israel.
2012 Breathing Concrete, KG45 Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2012 Artists Camp, Menashe Forest Festival, Y'earot Menashe, Israel.
2012 Seven Sins, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2011 Graduate exhibition, 'Hamidrasha' School of Art, Beit Berl College, Israel.
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