Currently on view at Kunsthalle Galapagos in DUMBO is Ofri Cnaani: The Sota Project a multi-channel video installation that visually reinterprets the Talmud. The Talmud is one of two central texts pertaining to as well as a written record of Rabbinical teachings of Judaism. Four projections allow for simultaneous narrative. The perspective of each scene changes and at times corresponds with the floor of the of the gallery allowing for an experience that one can almost step into.
The narrative is all encompassing within the space and it’s necessary to rotate your body in order to follow the sequence of events. The story itself is abstract for someone who doesn’t know the story but visually beautiful and the thread of femininity and the struggle for empowerment runs throughout.
The image above was particularly powerful especially juxtaposed next to a full projected pool and bathing cap clad swimmers. The Sota Project retells the moral parable of two sisters and will travel next to Tel Aviv.
Ofri Cnaani was born in Israel and currently resides in New York. The Sota Project will be on-view in the third floor gallery (hint: not street level, ask someone to take you there), Kunsthalle Galapagos, until April 23rd, 2011.
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