Tzion Abraham Haza

12 September 2012

I think the highlight for me, from the World Event Young Artist festival has to be the video piece 'Maragnith' by Tzion Abraham Hazan, being shown at the New Art Exchange.

This is what 'Disorder' - the project from BJCEM as part of WEYA - have to say about it.

The video shows a 9 minute journey along a route that surrounds the tower Marganith, located in the "Qiria" military compound in Tel Aviv. Along this journey, buildings intermittently expose the tower or block our view of it. A horn blows in attempt to reach the physically unreachable tower by means of sound. The work ends with a romantic epilogue – a love song addressed to Marganith. The lyrics and melody were written especially for the video piece, based on the biblical "Song of Solomon" and inspired by Eastern Jewish music from the 60's.

Not wanting to say too much about it, as you definitely need to see this for yourself, but the subtle Sci-fi feel to the start of the film which then switches beautifully to a traditional sounding -but made especially for the film- song; evokes feelings of anticipation and then complete calm and revelation. I did not read anything or know anything of the film before hand and I can't even quite explain why I felt so drawn into it (other than the skill of the shots that were taken, the editing and composition of course!) I think that this is why it is something I needed to share and blog about. You know you've seen good art when there is 'just something about it'.

I think this film will stay with me for a while. World Event Young Artist festival is on until the 16 September- I strongly recommend that you don't miss this film (shown as part of a film reel in the Main Gallery space at NAE, 10 - 5pm daily)


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