Video Art Program[The 27th Program] Shahar Marcus


1, 2, 3, Herring, 2011, color, sound, 2 min. 27 sec.

Shahar Marcus’s artistic practice is centered on performances that he acts out himself. In 1, 2, 3, Herring, he casts himself in the role of a World War II-era soldier and plays the children’s game of “1, 2, 3, Herring,” similar to the American game of “Red Light, Green Light,” with three other soldiers who are in fact cardboard cutouts of himself in costume. The scene takes place on a reconstructed war site in Israel, of the 1948 war with Egypt, shortly after the Israeli Declaration of Independence. By placing himself in this memorial site and using both humor and irony in the act of fighting against himself, the artist invites viewers to contemplate how various perspectives of ‘manipulation’ and ‘censorship’ become involved in the process of ‘historification’ of such events.

Shahar Marcus:
Born in Petach Tikva, Israel in 1971, lives and works in Tel Aviv. Creates works that involve his own body, crossing boundaries between different modes of expression, such as performance, video, and sculpture. Won the Experimental Cinema Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2009. Also exhibited in international exhibitions such as the 3rd Moscow Biennale in 2009 and the Mediations Biennale in 2010.