2017, three-channel video installation, stereo sound (4:36 min loop)
Idea and realisation: Vered Koren
Cinematography: Bruno Manguen
Production: Academy of Media Arts Cologne / Vered Koren
Firestarter is presented in the form of a triptych, displaying three separate locations: a “shrine” in a basement, a burned forest, and a desert. In each one appears the protagonist, wearing a costume, performing 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 in November 2016. The extremely dry and windy weather caused a wave of fires, damaging dozens of houses and natural areas. During these events, journalists and government ministers claimed that almost half of the fires were caused by arson and referred to them as a massive terror attack. As of now, there is no evidence of arson, which has caused skepticism and fuelled public suspicion of “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 universal fear of the unknown and protection from evil. The rituals performed by the protagonist engage with a futile attempt at lighting something that has already burned.
Born in Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, Israel (1985), Vered Koren lives and creates in Cologne and Tel Aviv.
Since 2016 Academy of Media Arts Cologne, postgraduate program
2007–2011 'Hamidrasha' School of Art, Beit Berl College, B.Ed.F.A. with Honours – Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and Arts Education
2018 Eine Schifffahrt, Düsseldorf Photo Festival, Alte Kämmerei, Düsseldorf
2018 Real, Fake and the Imaginary, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
2017 Rundgang KHM, Glasmoog – Raum für Kunst, Cologne
2017 Art@tech Festival, Trinitatiskirche, Cologne
2017 Systematic Observation and Recall, Academy of Media Arts 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-Jaffa’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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