Masad by Nir Evronby Alison Roberts | 12.07.16
Challenging perceptions of space, time and knowledge, Nir Evron’s work recounts historical events though the uncertainty of recollection and representation. In his latest solo-show Masad, Evron further complicates the picture, as his films create additional layers of subjectivity to our own perceptions of history and environment.
The films survey the ghosts of a German extermination camp, a French Guinean penal colony, and a trilogy of West Bank locations. The trilogy begins with the abandoned Seven Arches Intercontinental Hotel. Frozen in time and stripped of all functionality, the structure’s façade mirrors the perceptions of its audience. The second film traces the Jordanian family’s summer palace, whose construction ended prematurely following the 1967 war.
Birthed from the histories of the previous two locations, the third film presents Rawabi, the newly constructed Palestinian city. While the third site cannot be separated from the complexities of the previous two, it gains distinction due to the city’s hopeful future.