“Bi’lin 2009/Tel Aviv 2010” a video created in response to my time in Palestine and Israel is part of 5 days of performance at SCOPE, New York 2011 called us vs us which will investigate acts of creation inspired by self consumption, civil war, interior conflict, and the spectrum of human nature at odds with itself. Authentic and immediate, us vs us opens into an expanse of performance traditions and educational strategies: from Participatory Performance to Scholastically Judged Debate; from the Theatre of Failure to the B. Boy Battle. us vs us is organized by Lilah Freedland of THE CENTER. For the complete list of artists participating visit http://www.thisisthecenter.org/us_vs_us.html.
THE CENTER carved by SCOPE is an artist driven 501(c)(3) launched in 2007 to fund and promote contemporary art in and out of the marketplace. Utilizing the dynamic force of trade and the principles of a gift economy, THE CENTER creates the opportunity for everyone to be a philanthropist. We are dedicated to supporting the international artist community, as well as other not-for-profit institutions where community development and social awareness are primary directives.
This year’s New York edition of the SCOPE fair, March 2–March 6, 2011, will present over 50 international galleries from four continents and sixteen countries including China, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Spain, and Canada. SCOPE New York’s invitees will uphold its unique tradition of solo and thematic group shows providing the real opportunity for gallerists, collectors, curators, artists, critics and art lovers alike to experience a view of the contemporary art market available nowhere else. The core mission is introducing international galleries alongside museum quality programming, collector tours, screenings, and special events. Anchoring SCOPE as New York’s destination fair, programming expands in partnership with local and international cultural organizations, featuring: film, music, installation and performance. For more information visit http://www.scope-art.com/index.php/new_york.
My film “Bi’lin 2009/Tel Aviv 2010” is a memoriam to the protestors who have died during protests in Bil’in, Palestinian village located in the Ramallah in the West Bank. The village has been organizing weekly protests against the construction of the wall taking the form of marches from the village to the site of the barrier with the aim of halting construction and dismantling already constructed portions. Israeli forces typically intervene to prevent protesters from approaching the barrier, and violence sometimes erupts in which protesters have been very seriously injured and killed. To view this video visit http://vimeo.com/lauraarena/bilin.
A schedule will be announced shortly; more details to follow regarding the time and place of the Screening of “Bi’lin 2009/Tel Aviv 2010”.