The Line and the Circle: Video by Sharone Lifschitz

February 11 - October 23, 2011

In the darkness of a photographic darkroom, a conversation unfolds between a daughter and her mother. As they print 14 images taken between 1959 and 1982 at their kibbutz in the Western Negev, the images shape a conversation about family, history, and the demise of a socialist utopia.

London based artist Sharone Lifschitz was born in Israel and grew up on Kibbutz Nir Oz. She is the daughter of two founding members of this kibbutz. In her video, the artist and her mother returned together to the darkroom for the first time in more than 20 years. The 14 images were selected by the artist and taken by her mother and other members of the kibbutz between 1959 and 1982. The printing of the images shapes the conversation between the two women through both content and ritual.

Lifschitz says “In the last few years I am for the first time able to see my relationship with my mother as partly separated from the context of the kibbutz.” The women discuss both the pros and cons of kibbutz life, and in particular the effects of raising a child in that community. Their conversation is a meditation on idealism and practicality, and the demise of a socialist utopia.

Media programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. Donors to the Martin and Doris Payson Fund for Film and Media also provided important support.