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Ronen Sharabani

Over the past year, the artist worked on modeling three-dimensional structures based on homes located throughout the Musrara neighborhood.

Against the backdrop of a tense situation, where building zones are carefully accounted for, labeled and documented (from both national-political and socioeconomic perspectives), the aesthetic collage-like quality of the landscape distracts us from the actual complexity of its daily reality.

When looking upon the crowded buildings from a distance, we feel as though we are beckoned by the picturesque view or by a kind of shiny object. However, this image of a homogeneous object begins to deteriorate as we draw ever closer to it, to the point that it loses its identity as a "neighborhood" and we are finally confronted with individual structures. The distance which marks the turning point where the individual structures begin to be discerned from the group, where the structures demand individual attention, is the focus of this work. The conflict is expressed by the sudden moment when the buildings are seen as playing dice, mixed up until a new situation is reconstructed from the old.

The work attempts to break down the typical structure of the city/village and, instead, to simulate a new non-functional structure and observe it from a neutral perspective. The facade of Musrara is the stage chosen for demonstrating the shift between different realities, breaking the rules, and moving between one perspective to another.

Photo:Udi Golan

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