THE RIGHT TO LEAVE
2013, Single Channel HD // 4:00 min loop
The work deals with borders and migration, transformation and displacement of lives, a loop of movement that ends by returning always to the same entering point. The houses like empty train are based on the REH model of folding portable houses from the time of the DDR in Germany. The view is changing, between cold and warm, from the wood into the Middle Eastern desert and back. The train leaving and coming back to the same place, halt behind the fence. The people inside the wagon are trapped and cannot leave playing musical chairs over and over again. A row of chairs is situated in front of the screen. The visitors are welcome to sit on the chairs, while their image is projected into the work as participant shadow.
About Sharon Paz
Sharon Paz was born in 1969, Israel, received a MFA from Hunter College. She now lives and works in Berlin. Paz exhibited extensively in Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, Smack Mellon in NYC, The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, China, and the Herzlyia Museum of Art and Petach-Tikva museum of Art in Israel. In the past her work was supported by the Senate of Cultural Affairs and Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin, The Fund for Video Art and Experimental Cinema, CCA Tel- Aviv, Goethe Institute, The Rabinovich Foundation and the Lottery Art Council in Israel. Her video works are part of the collection of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Video-Forum Collection, Berlin and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. She participated in Goldraush artist project in Berlin, Artist Work Program, in the Irish museum of Modern Art, New Views: DUMBO residency, Lower ManhattanCultural Council and has participated and exhibited in The Bronx Museum of Art’s “Artist in the Marketplace” program. Her work has been screened in numerous festivals and galleries such as Thomas Erben Gallery and Art in General in New York City; Transmediale 11 in Berlin.
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