Performance in 5.1 surround sound installation was documented with surveillance cam and super8 to make this video. Soundscape incorporates an interview with a PTSD afflicted veteran of 5 Israeli wars. Both he and The State are 60 years old. The imagery references Goya's black paintings, and the Chassidic concept of 'klippah', the shell that both nourishes the physical world and gives it its shape, while necessitating its own shedding in order to access truth. The male human body in this piece is an analogue to landscape, land occupation, and 'Holy Land', to interrogate concepts of kinship and nation state.
AFTER THEN I AM, I WAS IN.... IN CARAMEL
AFTER THEN IN 82, IN THE 82
I WAS EH...
YOU KNOW I'M ....
INVALID, YOU KNOW?
heb. conversation....nachen nachen....
(What are you showing me here?)
WHERE I PUT THE.....? YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS?
(Disabled Veteran's Card.)
ITS NOT EH, THIS IS THIS IS THE CARD FOR THE THE LI..LICENSE,
THIS IS A CARD FOR THE ARMY, I WAS WARRED IN THE AR..ARMY. I WAS...
YEAH....! HOW YOU SAY THE....INVI...INVALID....!
YOU KNOW IN IN 82 YOU SEE? THIS IS.
ITS NOT WRITE IN ENGLISH?
(yes...it's right in English.)
OH YES, LOOK. LOOK IN ENGLISH ITS WRITE.
(Ministry of Defense Rehabilitation Department. Yes.)
YES. YOU SEE?
(Yes I see. Yes.)
I WAS IN HOSPITAL I WAS...I WAS 4 YEARS.. I WAS..... ITS CALLED, I WARRED IN MY FEET, YOU SEE HERE. I HAVE PLATINA, YOU KNOW PLATINA? (3) ALL THIS WAS, (gestures from mid thigh down to mid calf, and to the floor) THE OUTSIDE.
AND THEY MAKED BRING IT, (gestures from the floor back towards his knee) AND THEY PUT ME PLASTIC.
(They made you a new kneecap.)
THIS I HELP MY
THIS IS MY CHILDREN
I HELP THEM (gestures to the store) EVERY EVENINGS, I CANNOT SLEEP IN THE NIGHT
I HAVE I HAVE, EH, HOW YOU SAID IT, PTSD. PTSD, YOU KNOW?
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.)
OH! YOU KNOW.. YOU KNOW. (Yes.)
THIS IS MY, MY, THIS, I SAW, I WAS AFRAID
I WAS FOUR YEARS IN PSYCHIATRY, YOU KNOW?
AFTER THEN, ONE AND A HALF YEAR IN HOSPITAL, CRAZY.
I WAS IN A
NOT CRAZY, BUT I VERY VERY.....SOFT, YOU KNOW, I VERY VERY MUCH. VERY VERY BAD.
(just from 73?)
NO....73 I THROUGH IT, OK.
82 IN LEBANON.
WE THINK IN LEBANON WHEN WE GOT ON SIDE, INSIDE -- WE THOUGHT IN..IN TWO DAYS WE FINISH THEM.
IT WAS THE WORLD...HA GARUAH B’YOTER CHOMRIM (4)
THE WORST WAR IN OUR WARS.
I WAS IN 5 WARS, IN THIS WAR, I AM A INVALID YOU KNOW?
YOU SEE? 82. ITS WRITE HERE.
FROM 82, I AM ...KACH OMRIM, NEKHEH. (5)
(To me you're not an invalid.
To me (hand over heart, then points to him)-- not an invalid.)
IM NOT INVALID! BECAUSE I'M NOT CRAZY, I'M ...TALKING....I
NOW, AFTER THE 30 YEARS, I AM, BUT I SUFFERED -- 25 YEARS I SUFFERED, YOU KNOW
I WAS HOSPITALS, I WAS PSYCHIA....WELLLL WHAT I MA MA AVARTI ANI (6)....
YOU KNOW, THATS WHAT I WANT TO SAY YOU:
WHAT IS ISRAEL, ISRAEL MEANS FOR US. YOU KNOW?
3. (a prothesis made of) platinum
4. they call it the absolute worst (lit. most worst), what?
5. as they say, Invalid (noun).
6. what I have been through (lit. ‘through what have I been’)