Sun Clock, 2015
Hebron Floor tile and painted iron cast, 40 x 20 x 20cm; pedestal 120 x 20 x 20 cm.
Edition of 7
5 CALLS (Sun Clock) is an exact replica of the pivotal green door that appears in Pereg’s multi-channel video installation ISHMAEL (2015).The door that appears in the work is extracted as a symbolic protagonist from Pereg’s multi channel video work ISHMAEL due to its function as a partition between the areas designated for Muslims and Jews inside the Cave of the Patriarchs.
5 CALLS turns a mundane object into a mechanism of segregation, religious separation, geographic division, and the passage of time. This made-up artifact, cast in iron and designed for indoor and outdoor display, serves as a small monument, scaled according to Middle-Eastern Colonialist miniatures. The door is set on a local floor tile which serves as a pedestal for a repetitive ritual, and marked with the exact times at which Muslims are summoned to prayer, five times daily. The same hours are documented in the work ISHMAEL, which follows a day in the life of a Muslim Muezzin at the Cave of the Patriarchs, located in Hebron, in the heart of the west bank.
Pereg’s documentary-based practice along with her aesthetic approach highlights the political aspect present in mundane events which occur in the intersection between the religious, the political, and time. Pereg’s work renders a heightened sense of discomfort with “the way things are”, while she marks and undermines them. Correspondingly, 5 CALLS is a unique and precise articulation of the complex manner in which belief systems, social rituals, and politics intersect, as it relates to Nira Pereg’s oeuvre.
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