LIVING ROOM, KITCHEN, BEDROOM, CHILDREN’S ROOM, VIDEO ART, 6:10 MINUTES, 2013
Home economics, the complex management of family life and its inherent power struggles, are at the essence of the photos I am submitting. Borrowing the psychological concept of the family functioning as one body struggling to maintain balance, the use of highly trained acrobalance, dancers, in some of the works, implies to the near impossibility of this struggle for ordinary people. Everyday domestic situations, like having dinner or watching TV, are used to express the acrobatic challenges required in order to maintain a proper family life within the confined and intimate space of the home. In “Trampoline” the family literally loses the ground beneath its feet, while struggling to maintain the dinner ceremony. The act of photography, like the family, attempts to achieve absolute control; it is meticulously planned to the final detail but loses its control in the decisive moment of being up in the air, or, in other words, when faced with new, unknown circumstances. The exaggeratedly staged scenes in this series, dealing with intense questions of intimacy and conflict within the family unit, create a sense of defamiliarization of everyday situations that usually go unnoticed. This defamiliarization points out the difficulty and inability to prepare for the complex experience of day-to-day domestic life.
Tal Gilboa Ardon
Meirav Heiman and Yossi Ben Shoshan
Ariel Berns, Electricq
Dudi and Tal Gilboa Ardon
The film was produced with the support of The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts