Ritual, struggle, faith, and politics take center stage in the work of artist Ronen Sharabani (Israeli, born 1974), not for didactic purposes but as the gateway for transformational experiences. Profoundly influenced by his experiences in his home country of Israel, Sharabani’s films and videos blend movement, performance, architecture, and light into intensely visual and sensory projects. Musical scores, replete with chanting and techno-like sounds, often overlay Sharabani’s moving images, allowing the films to be at once secular and spiritual.
In celebration of the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria’s hundred-year anniversary, artist Ronen Sharabani created a site-specific outdoor and indoor video projection, Matchbox, featuring Israeli dancer Iyar Elezra of Batsheva Dance Company and music by Avi Belleli. Ronen Sharabani: Matchbox was presented to the public at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
Curated by Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement, The Contemporary Austin. Camera by Udi Golan. Video documentation by Dávid Lovas. Matchbox was made possible with the generous support of the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation. Additional thanks to the Israeli Consulate, Houston.