Thursday, 29 April 2010
21:00 Yaron Lapid
“Times of Change”
Video work of London based artist Yaron Lapid
curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr
Directors Lounge“Petersburg Nights” is a series of private screenings in our home base:Directors Lounge, Berlin Base
Petersburger Platz 2, 10249 Berlin, HH 2. Etage
Public Transport BVG: Tram M10 Straßmannstraße
Yaron Lapid, whose video “Night Meter” was shown at Directors Lounge/ Urban Research 2010, presents a programme of his recent video works at our third “Petersburger Night”.
“Research” may be just the right term to characterize the endeavours of the London based artist of Israeli descent. London and Israel also are the fields for his “findings” and video investigations. The interest of the anthropologist, the sensibility of the family annalist and the hard-boiled and distanced eye of the war documentarist, all those labels seem somehow to match but still not really fit for Yaron Lapid. If provoking a London call-centre lady to reveal that she calls from New-Dehli, if watching a victim of drug overdose, or witnessing the relocation of an elder relative from an old retirement home to a new one, we always follow him, the filmmaker, with awe and a deep sense of attestation, as Yaron seems to be able to turn his humane observations into a telling snapshot of the society we share, the social particularities of England and Israel notwithstanding.
The mixture of shock and empathy the artist conveys, seems to stand in the – in our times almost impossible – tradition of artists like Weegee and Helen Levitt. With Yaron Lapid, we do not have the feeling of following a reporter on hunt for shock, but to witness chance encounters, the artist happens to be in, and which he follows with a deep curiosity for the human nature. The same interest lets him follow traces of storylines in a village founded in the 50’s in Israel, or to record radical text lines of flyers found in South-East London.
We are most happy to host this evening with Yaron Lapid in person at Petersburger Platz 2, Berlin-Friedrichshain, on Thursday, 29 April 2010, at 21:00. You are very welcome to join us!