Selected available works by Roy Efrat.
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Jar is based on the fifth volume of ‘Isolation’(DieKalte1981), the autobiography of Austrian author Thomas Bernhard. Bernhard was well known in his fight against hegemonic structures in Austria. In his plays he continually dealt with the notions of isolation and self-destruction. The work relates to that notion of isolation, where it seems that the individual is trapped in a hopeless position, but manages to transform and being emancipated eventually.
Busy places painting, performance and video side by side in order to explore issues of gender, immigration and displacement in everyday situations. The video adds details to the scenography – like painted surface. The dislocation between the mediums mirrors the often-conflicted emotional state of the characters, whose physical interaction with the objects gives life to a witty narrative of displacement. By implicitly calling into question the possibility to really `belong’ to a particular place, the protagonists gradually turn their state of ‘statelessness’, into a catalyst for positive change.
Common Blackbird is an original play. The work is influenced by Jean Genet’s “The Maids” (1947) in that it also deals with the themes of control games, role play, gender, and death. It is an exploration of the performative aspect in relation to the work as a whole. It plays with various methods of telling a story with an object, with ways of creating a performance without a live act.
Deadlock is based on the autobiography of author Thomas Bernhard, inspired by the imagery featured in the novel (hospital, empty jars, and labs) along with images borrowed from contemporary interiors. In the video, a dancer brings to life the different elements on the canvas, bringing them to life. The fragments of sound included in the work are sampled from The Creation (Die Schöpfung, 1797) composed by Joseph Haydn, mixed with recorded sounds.
In Back #2, a bent over female figure reenacts Antigone as described by Anouilh, crying and seeking warmth. This scene, this orphaned girl, is contrasted to the strongheaded rebellious girl who previously buried her brother and by doing so condemned herself to death. Her crying assumes someone cares for her, a remnant of the past that will no longer return. The painting serves as a platform for a video displayed in three forms; in the first, the soft-colored character lies in a child’s pose, the second suggests her moving back due to crying and laughing, while the third form brings nightfall that eventually becomes a Mac screen saver. The work questions the future of the video, whether it is doomed to a screen saver’s life, or whether the power of its beauty rises above the painting.
Re-Repetition depicts a recurrent crisis in Efrat’s work –the moment in which the painting ends and the video begins; an artist’s dilemma in the form of conflicted and merging lines and layers. The painting is of an empty nest, reference to an empty home or a burning crown of thorns. The lines repeatedly drawn in the video highlight the conflict that the artist encounters, and upon completion of the ‘painting’, flames appear and the painting is consumed only to be reconstructed after the flames and smoke have settled.
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