Ori Gersht: Two Videos

October 19, 2012 - March 24, 2013

Two video works from artist Ori Gersht’s desert series explore borders, thresholds, and transitions in time and place.

Ori Gersht, Neither Black nor White, 2001, digital video, 4 min., 45 sec. Purchase: The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Funds, 2002-39

Ori Gersht creates videos and photographs that explore borders, thresholds, and transitions in time and place.

In Dew, dew on the artist’s lens evaporates to reveal the landscape of the Negev Desert. Two hours of film were condensed into three minutes, so that changes in the harshly beautiful landscape become a poetic metaphor for other kinds of changes, political and personal.

Neither Black nor White was filmed from the Jewish quarter of Nazareth looking onto the Arab village of Iksal. Half a second was recorded every thirty minutes to show city lights at night dimming as the sun rose on the village over a ten-hour period.

About the Artist

Ori Gersht (born 1967, Tel Aviv) lives and works in London. His work has been widely exhibited internationally at the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Jewish Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which presented a large solo exhibition in 2012, and other venues. Artworks by him are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Tate Gallery, London; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Media programs are supported by the Martin and Doris Payson Fund for Film and Media.


History Repeating: A Conversation with Artist Ori Gersht and Curator Al Miner. Co-presented by Artis & The Jewish Museum, September 6, 2012 at The Jewish Museum.