Citizens Can Festival 2012
Art About Human Rights
The Citizens Can Festival (Haezrach Kan) is human rights art festival and was established four years ago by the Karov Theatre to coincide annually with International Human Rights Day. The festival is located in Tel Aviv's Central Bus Station, one of the most deprived areas of the city.
In 2011 I curated in the festival the photography exhibition ONE, revealing the force of togetherness via a collection of works by four artists who documenting social protests and revolutions in Israel and Egypt. PERSPECTIVE is a deeply personal exhibition focusing on the individual within the society. ONE and PERSPECTIVE together show the force of people united versus that of the individual self, voice and experience.
A look up, a look down, and a look inside ourselves combine to create an alternative, merged perspective through a self portrait of a society, an individual inside that society, and of humans and human nature.
Last year we discovered the force of togetherness as we protested for social justice and began to walk united towards change. Between one walk and another, we also continue along our private life journey. Each one treads his own course. Private steps of the artists reveal individual perspectives on society and the one within.
Eran Kutzuk – plastic artist
Following a shattering car accident that changed his world forever, Eran works through his struggle through sculpture and painting. The results reflects his feelings, pain and internal scream, his prayers and his deepest insightful. Eran was guided and assisted in his artistic work by Hilel Orni.
The UP / DOWN division of the photographs reflects that between social classes, and thus the huge gaps in our modern society. These are also voiced in the photographs themselves via the divergent shooting angles between the subjects.
Accompanied by the video art work "a walk", this section was also a social experiment to examine the status of artworks (or deprived people). A goal was to see whether people would step on the works, simply because they were "hung" on the floor.