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My art tries to sensitise people: Israeli artist in Delhi

Devyani Srivastava, Hindustan Times   June 16, 2014
First Published: 16:17 IST(16/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:27 IST(17/6/2014)

Israeli artist David Schocken is a multi-faceted talent like few others. With his ongoing exhibition in the Capital, he showcases how he dabbles with photographs, videos and different artworks with equal ease.

Once a student of man and communication design, Schocken is quite an intense composer. Through his work, he displays everyday issues that bother him –  be it wrongdoings of governments, problems in people’s relations or impact of globalisation.   

“My work – installations, photography, videography and paintings, are a medium to sensitize people all around the globe towards these issues in a non-bookish manner,” he says. Schocken says he started making installations because of their fragile nature. Curator of the event, Chana Anzi, says, “All the installations and videos are a brilliant proof of the artist’s versatility.”

Some masterpieces in the exhibition include an installation made of a porcelain teapot, a projection of a filmed management meeting with the participant’s faces all blurred, and anonymous people on escalators.    

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A teapot, an installation; an abstract painting

Also, in a small side room, a car’s reverse camera films the visitors in the central exhibition room, thus turning them into a part of the art exhibit. This apart, the sculpted drawings  — made with a delicate magnetic structure in the exhibition room, along with the distance and coldness of the video artworks — make for a beautiful blend of installation and video art.

Fact file:

WHAT: Heritage, a solo art show
WHERE: Instituto Cervantes, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place
ON TILL: June 30 
TIMINGS: 10:30am to 9:30pm
NEAREST METRO STATION: Rajiv Chowk on the Blue and Yellow Line


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