Naama Arad’s ‘Har Hazofim’ quotes the view from the window of the fictional Frank Lloyd Wright creation from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic ‘North by Northwest.’ A peach-toned silken curtain intervenes between our gaze and the Xerox copies pasted to the opposite wall on which landscapes can be seen. The paternalistic presidential visages of Mount Rushmore and the modernist architecture both see their material and ideological texture inverted in the most tender of feminist veilings. The title of the work refers to the mountain of the same name, and Israeli enclave in East Jerusalem that houses the Bezalel Academy of Art founded in 1906.
The installation consisting of a mattress and a laptop evokes at first glance a setting for the consumption of pornography. But instead of quickly dispatching with a drive, the work invites us to explore possibilities for intimacy and belonging beyond reproduction and heteronormative conceptions of masculinity and femininity.
Dads I’d Like to Fuck
Dream I’d Like to Forget
A Dramatic Investigation of Fatherhood
Dubious Images of Lusty Flesh