Erich, 2007, Video, 7 min
Seen / Seen, 2010, Video, 17 min
o.T. , 2013, (A Graph Without A Photo)
Tzel, 2013, installation (light and shadow)
The video piece Erich (2002, 7 min.) shows a flâneur walking through the city, passing four places that lie close to each other and were part of the life of the artist’s grandfather, Erich Strauss, before he emigrated to Palestine in 1936: A new residential building instead of the old one, the wall of a Chinese garden and the former sites of the synagogue and the municipal library. Seen / Seen documents the hands of two persons. ›I have seen it all / I have seen nothing‹ writes one hand, while the other erases the writing.
Predominantly using the medium of video, but also analogue media such as drawing, collage and text, Barak Reiser’s works address the patterns of representation and perceptibility of different historical levels and languages. His pieces translate statements from one visual language into the other, from the binary code as the language of the digital world into two-dimensional collage, from the flickering screen to ink and acrylic paint.
The Hebrew word Tzel – צל , belonging to the same word family as Tzilum (Engl.: photography) and
Tzelem (Engl.: graven image or also picture) appears as a key motif in his work, alongside other, at first plausible, but at second glace rather paradoxical statements: ›The longer one looks at it, the clearer it becomes.‹ Placed in different locations in the building, Barak Reiser’s pieces establish connections to the site and to the directly adjacent artworks.
Barak Reiser (*1973 in Haifa) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.