Video–Drawing installation | HD video projection on a drawing | 52'' x 61'' inches
Documentation of a video projection onto a drawing. A single second of footage is broken down into 24 frames, each one of which is meticulously traced: the water constantly changing form across each frame. From these tracings, layered over each other into a single drawing in blue ink, translate, in a sense, the water into ink. Installed with the video, the water flows behind the ink, re-tracing the drawing.
Kamil draws its title from a graffiti tag on the Fontaine du Palmier in Place de chatelet in Paris, the Napoleonic-era fountain featuring a head of a Sphinx facing the four cardinal directions is, for her, a fountain of water and language. Benbenisty’s sphinx, speaking in gurgling water, poses riddles in a silent language that does not have written form. Likewise ambiguous in meaning, (translated to “the perfect one” in Arabic in addition to having roots in early Etruscan, Turkish and Greek) the graffiti is in part an individual’s solution to the sphinx’s ongoing riddle, an ambiguous response to the fountain’s silent speech. (from PR by Mary L. Coyne)