LOOP 12

Braverman Gallery is pleased to announce its participation at Loop Barcelona with the work “The Wake” by Dana Levy.

Dana Levy
THE WAKE / SILENT AMONG US
2011 · 2 channel video · 5’04” · Edition of 5

Dana Levy’s video work similarly fuses life and death, and confronts the natural world with the human thrust to order it. In the Two channel video installation shows two way to look on Natural history museums. In Silent Among Us The stillness of the taxidermy birds in a natural history museum, is ruptured by a flock of doves that
invade the museum. The living birds fly naturally amongst the dead ones, just as death, and history, are an ever present and natural part of daily life in Israel. In The Wake ,Levy explores the freedom that hides in such museums. The still butterflies eventually awaken and escape their cells. The work becomes a symbol of revolutionary awakening. The deathlike silence of mounted animals, encased in glass dioramas in a natural history museum, is ruptured by a flock of white pigeons or butterflies invading the museum. In this manner, the work creates a sense of tension between the animals in flight, which represent nature, and between the lifeless exhibits, which reflect man’s concern with ordering and categorizing knowledge – a human pursuit that involves sterilization and death.

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