TALI KEREN: UN-CHARTING
JUNE 4 – AUGUST 8, 2021
Un-Charting is a new work that engages the extensive research of artist Tali Keren. Born in Jerusalem and based in Brooklyn, NY, Keren’s practice engages questions around the formation of political ideology at the intersection of personal identity and ethno-nationalism. This exhibition details the ways in which myth and fantasy have both shaped and allowed Settler Colonialism, institutionalized violence, and Palestinian indigenous erasure in Israel-Palestine. More specifically, speaking to western Evangelicalism and how the movement has influenced the physical borders of the region.
The video installation at the heart of Un-Charting presents and is based on, the real words of British colonial naval officer Richard Brothers, who comes to us from the year 1798, welcoming the viewer to discover his prophecy of Jerusalem. Brothers introduces the viewer to his detailed plan for the city of Jerusalem, a place he had never visited but rather created in his imagination. In Un-Charting, Keren weaves together historical narratives with recent interviews to engage with the imperial imagination’s plan of the New World, Europe, and the Middle East.
This work is a platform to reflect on the processes of decolonization within a global framework—while unpacking the real life consequences for how one understands legacies of landscape. In Un-Charting, viewers are invited to become a part of disrupting the cartography of place-based myth.
ABOUT THE FILM
A film by Tali Keren
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tali Keren is a media artist and educator based in New York. Her performances, videos, and installations focus on the formation of ideology and political identity. Keren’s recent solo exhibitions include The Great Seal at Eyebeam, New York and at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; and Heat Signature at Ludlow 38, MINI Goethe Institute, New York. Keren received her BFA in 2009 from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and earned an MFA from Columbia University, in New York, in 2016. She was an artist in residence at ISCP, NARS foundation, and BRICworkspace, New York.